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Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:32

Cannes Apologizes for Technical Malfunction at Netflix's 'Okja' Screening

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Cannes Film Festival organizers on Friday responded to a technical malfunction during the morning press screening for Netflix's competition film Okja, offering their apologies.

"A technical problem occurred during the press screening of Okja, the film by Bong Joon Ho, this morning at the 8:30 a.m.

screening at the Auditorium Lumiere," said a statement from the festival, released at around 10:35 a.m. local time. "After an interruption of several minutes, the screening started again and went normal."

It added: "This incident is completely due to the technical staff of the festival who deeply apologize to the director and his team, to the producers as well as to the audience."

The masking of the Palais' screen was set incorrectly, resulting in misframing the movie with the top and the bottom sections of the print cut off. The tech problems led to boos from the international press corps before the screening was suspended and restarted 15 minutes later.

This time, the film was correctly projected after the curtain was raised further up. The press crowd both cheered and booed when Netflix's logo appeared on the screen. Some in the crowd were overheard speculating that it was intentional and a conspiracy to sabotage Netflix.

A Netflix representative declined to comment.

Read more at HollywoodReporter

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