Cannes Film Festival: Italian director Paolo Sorrentino announces the end of his collaboration with Netlfix

The Netflix adventure is over for the Italian Paolo Sorrentino who no longer wishes to collaborate with the streaming platform and defended cinema in cinemas in Cannes on Tuesday during a debate organized for the 75th anniversary of the Festival.

A Netflix movie, “I don’t think it’s something I will do again”said the Oscar-winning director of The Great BellezaTuesday May 24, alongside other big names in the 7th art (Guillermo del Toro, Costa-Gavras, Cristian Mungiu…), who came to discuss “the future of cinema“.

His film God’s hand, which competed at the Venice Film Festival in September 2021 and revisits a personal drama – the accidental death of his parents, victims of carbon monoxide poisoning – was streamed online on Netflix. It was not released in theaters in France.

The big screen for big stories

I practiced several supports, I made films for the cinema, for television but in the end, what I prefer is to make films as I did them at the beginning. It’s only on the big screen that we find all the power of a story“, underlined the Neapolitan, also director of the series The Young Pope with Jude Law.

Television is not the right place to do big and beautiful things“. He further felt that “people will get tired of watching movies at home and they will go back to theaters“.

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, who collaborates with Netflix on several projects, assured “be at peace with format changes“, believing that the important thing was “to tell stories”. “Are we debating screen size or idea size?“, he quipped.

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Invite films from platforms to the Cinema

For the general delegate of the Festival Thierry Frémaux, “the battle that we are all going to wage is also that films produced by the platforms can go to cinemas“. The rules of the festival exclude from the competition platform films that are not released in French cinemas.

While the great authors no longer hesitate to go on the platforms (Scorsese or Jane Campion at Netflix, soon Ridley Scott at Apple…), and the habits of the spectators evolve, he has several times expressed the wish that this rule changes but the French exhibitors, on the Festival’s board of directors, oppose it.

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