Alejandro González Iñárritu blasts ‘dictatorship of the algorithm’ on streaming services

Screen | 8/19/2019 | Ben Dalton
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Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu has lamented ‘the dictatorship of the algorithm’ in the selection of content for streaming platforms.

The Mexican director made his comments in a masterclass at Sarajevo Film Festival on Sunday August 18, talking about his career and giving his assessment of the film industry.

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Speaking to Screen after the event, Iñárritu said Netflix fails to make the most of its content by not giving it an appropriate release.

“Netflix should understand some of their films should be released in cinemas,” he said. “That would be a benefit for the film and for them. They would not lose people who watch TV. If you see a great film in the cinema and then two or three weeks later you see it on TV, you watch it again.”

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He also floated the idea of a ‘Netflix Plus’ platform (unrelated to the upcoming Disney online platform Disney+), which would provide theatrical releases for suitable Netflix titles.

“They don’t have to screen them all, but they could have a Netflix Plus,” he suggested. “The ones that deserve screening – that would make them stronger.”

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Iñárritu, whose last film, 2015’s The Revenant, won three Oscars including his second-consecutive best director trophy, said he would work with a streaming platform “if I found something to say in the format of TV.”

“I confess, I’m not a TV guy,” he admitted. “I’m interested in it, but haven’t had the chance to think about it. Film is something I understand.”

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He confirmed he has no plans to resurrect a previous episodic project, the 10-part Midwest-set family drama The One Percent, which was dropped by US broadcaster Starz in March 2017.

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