Just two weeks ago, streaming giant Netflix announced that it would not participate in the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The decision was initially confirmed by Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer (CCO), during an interview with Variety.
The decision came after a move by Cannes to ban films from competition if they weren’t distributed in French theaters – Cannes Film Festival is hosted annually in France.
Netflix could screen movies at the event, though they wouldn’t be up for competition. According to CCO Sarandos, “I don’t think it would be good for us to be there.”
The company was slated to bring Orson Welles’ unfinished “The Other Side of the Wind,” though now nobody outside of Netflix’s in-house staff will see the movie before it’s released. While Orson Welles will still make a theatrical appearance in the form of Mark Cousin’s documentary “The Eyes of Orson Welles,” the movie everyone was waiting for in “The Other Side of the Wind” will just have to wait until it’s official release time.
Worthy of note is that “The Other Side of the Wind” still could have competed for the screen festival’s grand prize, the Palme d’Or, though Netflix held strong on its decision to back out of the event.
Netflix also has another Orson Welles flick up its sleeve, the documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” which is about Morgan Neville, an acclaimed actor. “20 Feet From Stardom,” too, would have been eligible for the grand prize at the popular Cannes Film Festival.
At least Orson Welles is still planned to make a posthumous appearance in the aforementioned documentary in which he’s the subject, a movie that was created with the help of Orson’s daughter Beatrice.
“I always wanted to make a documentary about my father’s artwork,” said the heir of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.