The screening of the film “Okja” at the Cannes Film Festival was suspended after the tape was booed.
The film gained infamy after its producer, the American company Netflix, refused to show it on the screens of French cinemas in order to show it in their own online cinemas.
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This is contrary to the principle by which paintings are selected to participate in the festival. After noisy disputes that erupted in France on this issue, it was decided to allow the film this year, but from the next year only those films that come out in French cinemas will be included in the program.
There was a whistle at the screening after the Netflix logo appeared on the screen, then it became clear that the film was being shown with the wrong aspect ratio of the screen (width and height). After laughter in the hall, the broadcast was suspended, and then resumed without explanation.The screen went blank before the movie resumed in a different format.
BBC correspondent Lauren Turner, who was at the screening, wrote that the audience greeted the incident with screams, and the show itself resumed after 10 minutes.
Blogger Jelena Lazic wrote that the screen was not opened to a sufficient height, and the whistle at the Netflix logo was quickly replaced by hoots about the screen’s aspect ratio.
Okja is a sci-fi film directed by Korean director Bong Joon Ho and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton. She tells the story of Okchi, a big kind animal who has been friends with the girl Mi-ja for many years.
‘Okja’ screening in Cannes canceled due to continuous whistling from the audience
Frame: the film “Okja”
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” film had to be stopped at the Cannes Film Festival due to the fact that the audience began to boo the film. This was reported by the correspondent of “Lenta.ru” on Friday, May 19.
The audience began to make noise as soon as the logo of the Netflix distribution company appeared on the screen. The noise did not subside during the first five minutes of the film.
It is noted that the dissatisfaction of the audience was caused by the fact that only half of the picture was visible on the screen, the faces of the actors were cut off.
Film critics who attended the screening compared what was happening in the hall with a prison riot.“They turn on Okja, when the Netflix logo appears, they start booing. Then the film begins, the aspect ratio is broken in the image, ”said critic David Ehrlich.
The 70th Anniversary Cannes Film Festival kicked off on May 17. Russian stars attended the opening of the event. In particular, track and field athlete Yelena Isinbaeva and TV presenter Victoria Bonya walked along the red carpet, dni.ru notes.
“Okja” is about a girl Mi-ji (Ahn Seo-hyun) befriending Okja, a large pig-like animal. The animal is stolen by representatives of the international conglomerate Mirando Corporation, and Mi-ja goes in search of his friend. The film also stars Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal.