Screening of world premiere stopped after sustained heckling

An Seo Hyun Okja

An Seo Hyun Okja

Swinton also commented that it was "an evolutionary process", and that, while some people will see the movie in the cinema, there are "thousands of films that screen at Cannes that never show in cinemas".

Some film journalists in the screening uploaded videos of the heckling on social media. While Netflix's gamble screams to be seen on the big screen, this colorful fantasy should be warmly received by global subscribers when it goes live on June 28th. Then film plays in wrong aspect ratio and Grand Lumiere nearly rioted. As the movie streaming trend gains steam, new awards ceremonies and festivals will start appearing to cater to this emerging movie platform, and the older, less flexible members of the film community will be left behind. According to blogger Elena Lazic, the festival authorities did not start the movie well. 20 riotous minutes before projectionist stopped projection'.

A representative for Netflix said a technical issue stopped the screening.

"But there was also some cheering at the same time and a warm round of applause at the end".

Okja was directed by Bong Joon Ho and tells the story of a young girl who must protect her friend - a powerful animal named Okja - from the clutches of a multi-national corporation.

Headed by Pedro Almodovar, the jury also includes A-listers Will Smith and Jessica Chastain alongside the likes of "Toni Erdmann" director Maren Ade and "Oldboy" director Park Chan-wook.

It may not win the Palme d'Or if the jury president has his way, but that doesn't lessen our anticipation for Bong Joon-hoo's Snowpiercer follow-up Okja. Dano has a tendency to gnaw on the scenery a little and he doesn't break from that trend here, but this is a film with big performances, with a capital B, with Gyllenhaal being perhaps the most uninhibited of them all. That is unusual for a director. "Quite frankly they gave me total freedom and liberty".

The Cannes film festival is, in many ways, created to be the pinnacle of movie respectability, providing screenings of high-concept, classy art pictures that give creators a chance to show off their genius.

There was an uncalled-for incident at Festival De Cannes 2017.

Tilda Swinton (who plays a evil CEO in the film) defended Netflix's presence in the South of France, after distributors have protested celebrating movies that are will debut on the streaming service instead of theaters.

'It's all an evolutionary process and Netflix have given Bong Joon-Ho the chance to make this absolutely liberated vision a reality and for that I am so grateful'.

The sci-fi film was co-produced by three Hollywood studios - Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company - while Netflix covered the film's entire budget of US$50 million. The film later restarted without any further technical problems.

All compounded by the disaster that unfolded during the very first screening of Okja, which saw the (always vocal) Cannes audience begin wildly booing and heckling the second the Netflix logo popped up on screen.

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