Netflix will not be featured at the Cannes Film Festival again this year, according to a report from Variety. As a result of the controversy last year, the streaming service will feature no films in or Out of Competition.
For those who don’t remember the fight last year, the conflict centered on theaters. Due to France’s strict law that a film must wait 36 months before appearing on streaming, Netflix refused to show their films in French theaters. Thierry Fremaux, artistic director of Cannes, changed the rules so Netflix could participate. However, this meant that Netflix could not compete for the Palme d’Or, the top prize. In turn, they pulled out of the festival altogether, which meant that films like “The Other Side of the Wind,” “22 July,” and the Oscar-winning “Roma” could not compete.
There is still hope for the streaming service, though. According to Variety, the talks between Netflix and Cannes are friendly as they work to find a solution.
Unfortunately, this does mean that the Cannes Film Festival will not have Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” or Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat.” This list also includes the latest Noah Baumbach film as well as “Uncut Gems,” the latest from Josh and Ben Safdie.
This is yet another example of the streaming service having problems with theaters. Steven Spielberg made headlines recently when he questioned their eligibility for Oscars. While Netflix expanded its theatrical release model for “Roma,” their method is usually minimum. A one-week release in New York City or Los Angeles to qualify for the Oscars is what they’ve done for previous films. Given the problems they’ve had with Spielberg and Cannes, there are sure to be some changes somewhere down the line.