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While “Twin Peaks” may be stealing some of the Cannes Film Festival’s spotlight since this weekend’s premiere of the new season (the first two episodes of the series screen this week on the Croisette), there’s still lots of talk swirling around the most prestigious film festival in the world. And no, we don’t mean the walking-talking-dancing robot installation that’s been striding up and down the Boulevard de la Croisette. Continue reading Cannes: Netflix & Yorgos Lanthimos Lead The Buzz On The Croisette at The Playlist.

It was a snafu that was almost too perfect to be real. After a week or two of shots fired back and forth between the Cannes Film Festival and Netflix about cinema and streaming (the festival will bar any film without a theatrical release slated for France from Competition, starting next year), and with even the jury president Pedro Almodovar declaring that he’d be unlikely to award the Palme d’Or to a streaming only movie, all organizers had to do to make their point was to screen Bong Joon Ho‘s Netflix release, “Okja,” flawlessly to make their point. Continue reading Cannes Film Festival Apologizes For Bungling Premiere Screening Of Netflix’s ‘Okja’ at The Playlist.

The pantheon of crushingly lovable cinematic creatures needs to clear a very large alcove, and lay on a good supply of fresh persimmons, for Bong Joon Ho‘s Okja, the eponymous, enormous, hippo-like “superpig” whose covalent bond with her human best friend could pulverize the hardest of hearts. This is the visionary, genre-bending Korean director’s most broadly accessible film ever, not just because it’s largely in English, and not just because its so full of fun and mischief and adventure. Continue reading Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ Is A Gorgeous, Galumphing Big-Screen Triumph [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.

CANNES – It was quite a Friday debut for Boon Jong-ho’s “Okja,” one of two Netflix titles that have been at a center of controversy over the fact neither  title will be released in French cinemas despite being selected for competition at the 70th Festival de Cannes  (the other being Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories”). As expected, much of the European media booed when the Netflix title card appeared before the film at its first press screening, but things didn’t die down when the film began.  Continue reading ‘Okja’s’ Tilda Swinton Says ‘We Didn’t Come Here For Prizes’ As Cannes Netflix Controversy Continues at The Playlist.

Cannes is officially underway (catch up on our coverage so far), and easily one of the most anticipated movies of the festival is the latest from Bong Joon Ho, the masterful Korean filmmaker behind “Memories Of Murder,” “The Host,” “Mother” and “Snowpiercer.” His second English-language movie has seen Bong escape the distribution issues that came with The Weinstein’s pick up of “Snowpiercer” (which remains unreleased in places in the UK, and was heavily delayed in the US amidst conflicts over the final cut) and take the Netflix dollar. Continue reading Watch The Spectacular Full Trailer For Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ With Tilda Swinton & Jake Gyllenhaal at The Playlist.

Cannes is officially underway (catch up on our coverage so far), and easily one of the most anticipated movies of the festival is the latest from Bong Joon Ho, the masterful Korean filmmaker behind “Memories Of Murder,” “The Host,” “Mother” and “Snowpiercer.” His second English-language movie has seen Bong escape the distribution issues that came with The Weinstein’s pick up of “Snowpiercer” (which remains unreleased in places in the UK, and was heavily delayed in the US amidst conflicts over the final cut) and take the Netflix dollar. Continue reading Watch The Spectacular Full Trailer For Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ With Tilda Swinton & Jake Gyllenhaal at The Playlist.

The debate around Netflix and their dedication to cinema continues to rage. One on side, there are those who argue the streaming service’s priority of availability over traditional release models is killing moviegoing as we know it. Not only that, the introduction of new features like Skip Intro — which extend to non-Netflix produced feature films as well — is actually destroying the very way that movies were intended to be watched by their creators. Continue reading Bong Joon-Ho Explains Why Netflix Wouldn’t Let Him Shoot ‘Okja’ On 35mm at The Playlist.

With the Cannes Film Festival kicking off this week, Netflix is now playing nice before the curtain raises on the streaming service’s film. Things got a big ugly last week when Cannes announced they were changing their rules, and starting next year, any film playing in Competition must have a French theatrical release secured. It was a direct shot at Netflix, who have long earned the scorn of French distributors for not following traditional release rules in the country where any film that hits cinemas in wide release, cannot appear on a streaming service for 36 months. Continue reading Netflix’s Ted Sarados & Bong Joon-Ho Talk Cannes Controversy, ‘Okja’ U.S. & U.K. Theatrical Release Confirmed at The Playlist.