Shade: Cannes Director Says Venice Film Festival Is Playing The Oscar Game & Is “Obsessed” With American Movies

The Playlist | 10/24/2018 | Charles Barfield
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Unfortunately for the Cannes Film Festival, the stories surrounding the prestigious French event this year weren’t so much about the actual films presented at the festival. Instead, the focus has been on what wasn’t at Cannes, particularly the Netflix films (and American films, in general). Now, as Venice, TIFF, and Telluride begin to raise their profile as the premier film festivals in the world, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux is discussing this change and why he just doesn’t understand it.

“I don’t understand this obsession with American movies. My friend [Venice director Alberto] Barbera didn’t have Kore-Eda’s film, nor Korean, Egyptian or Lebanese movies in Competition. I think a festival must show the cinema of the whole world,” explained Fremaux (via Screen Daily).

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He continued, “Still we had Spike Lee and John Cameron Mitchell’s film. Venice plays its game and they’re right to screen Netflix movies if Cannes doesn’t take them, they’re also right to play the Oscar card because the press is more obsessed with one night in March than with the six months from July to October.”

There’s no other way to read this than to say that the Cannes boss is definitely throwing shade at Venice, after the Italian festival became the most-discussed event of the year, so far. This comment comes after a year where Cannes and Netflix feuded over French law (read all about it here) which prevented the streaming service from premiering the...
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