Netflix angered the Cannes Film Festival crowd earlier after declaring that Okja, their film about a girl and her magical pig, wouldn’t be shown in French theaters. After being initially booed for simply being a Netflix-specific picture, the crowd really turned after the first 6 minutes of the film were shown on the incorrect aspect ratio. Cannes has since issued an apology.
Cool. We're gonna get the first few minutes of OKJA again now. Boos louder this time for Netflix tho.
— Tatiana Siegel (@TatianaSiegel27) May 19, 2017
The trailer for the film gave off a Tim Burton’s King Kong feel, with a young girl bonding with his giant digital pig before the world turns on their unconventional relationship.
— Netflix US (@netflix) May 18, 2017
Cannes has since issued an apology.
— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) May 19, 2017
Despite the boos, some people readily defended the streaming video service, as the point of the platform was to provide an alternative to the theater in the first place.
Netflix is not ruining cinema, it's financing storytellers and giving those stories a platform to be seen. That's literally the opposite.
— a.j. bowen (@ajbowen) May 19, 2017