The streaming giants, Netflix, and the legendary Cannes Film Festival have been fighting publicly with each other since 2017, but if recent reports are true, we might be getting to see the end of their very public dispute.
At the beginning of the week, the Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, admitted that Netflix made “huge mistakes” when dealing with the festival in France. This marks the first time that either party has admitted to any wrongdoing on their part. Perhaps, an apology from both organizations is on the horizon?
During a conference recently, Hastings said his company’s decisions were a big part of why the two cultural juggernauts began fighting in the first place.
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As it was previously reported, Netflix and Cannes began quarreling after the streaming pioneers allegedly would not play by the festival’s rules.
As a result, Cannes told them to take a hike, and Netflix took all of their films with them and out of the festival’s jurisdiction. Some of those movies included very successful features including The Other Side Of The Wind, Norway, Hold The Dark, and They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead.
During an interview, Theirry Fremaux said the history of the internet and of cinema are two wildly different things. However, it looks like Hasting’s comments might show a turnaround, and perhaps we’ll see Netflix movies at the Cannes Film Festival sometime soon.
The Netflix CEO said “we love Cannes,” and his team is sending “buyers” up there to figure out how to find a way of doing business together. Other influential figures in the scene to fight against Netflix includes Quentin Tarantino, who said a big problem with the platform is that it’s taking away a part of the spirit of going to the movies like in the past. However, as Bob Dylan once said, “the times they are a’ changin’.”