Cannes 2019 Festival: Netflix will continue without contributing its own films
According to Variety, the streaming giant will not release films in this year’s edition, although negotiations continue to reach an agreement.
Although there was no official announcement, Ad Astra full movie Variety said that Netflix will still not participate in the Cannes programming, as it happened in 2018.
Variety reports that Thierry Frémaux, delegate general of Cannes, dined a few days ago with Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber, executives of Netflix, but it is still far from reaching an agreement, since Cannes maintains its alliance with French exhibitors and a rigid system of windows of up to 36 months between when a film premieres in cinemas and arrives at streaming.
Anyway, Netflix announced that its main productions will not be ready by May. The Irishman, by Martin Scorsese, will most likely have its world premiere at the Mostra of Venice and then reach commercial halls and streaming service. Nor will the new Noah Baumbach be considered for Cannes; The Laundromat, by Steven Soderbergh, with Meryl Streep; The King, with Timothee Chalamet; and Uncut Gems, from the Safdie brothers.
Anyway, they remain in folder for Cannes 2019 several titles of the United States as the new Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and James Gray (Ad Astra).
In 2018 Cannes had selected to Rome, of Alfonso Cuarón, but in the middle of the conflict Netflix withdrew all its titles of the French festival and sent them to Venice, where the Mexican director ended up winning the Golden Lion, and where other productions were also exhibited. Netflix as the new works of the Coen brothers (The ballad of Buster Scruggs), Paul Greengrass (July 22) and even the posthumous work of Orson Welles (On the other side of the wind).
In any case, Netflix continues doing business at the Marché du Film in Cannes, where it acquired films that premiered at the 2018 edition of the festival as Happy as Lazzaro, by the Italian Alice Rohrwacher; and Girl, of the Belgian Lukas Dhont.