Cannes Director & Netflix Meet To Discuss Future After Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Becomes Major Awards Contender

The Playlist | 10/19/2018 | Charles Barfield
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Even though nothing has been decided or changed, as of yet, it appears that Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” already one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year, could be the driving force behind a truce between the Cannes Film Festival and Netflix.

According to an interview in the French outlet Le Point, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux discusses the impasse between the festival and the streaming service and how “Roma” could be the reason for a recent meeting that could lead to a friendlier 2019.

Feud - Netflix - Cannes - Story - Version

For those not aware of the feud between Netflix and Cannes, the story version is as follows: the streaming service had a group of films that it hoped to premiere at this year’s prestigious event, including “22 July,” “The Other Side of the Wind,” and the aforementioned “Roma.” In 2017, Cannes played nice with Netflix and ignored its own rule that says films that premiere at Cannes, in competition, must have a French theatrical run. However, in 2018, the festival enforced that rule. This is compounded by the fact that French law says if a film plays in local theaters, it can’t be streamed for 36 months. Obviously, Netflix doesn’t like that rule. Thus, the streaming service pulled all of its films from the festival.

The result was the streaming services prestige films played other festivals in the fall, highlighted by...
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