It may not win the Palme d'Or if the jury president has his way, but that doesn't lessen our anticipation for Bong Joon-hoo's Snowpiercer follow-up Okja.
"This incident was entirely the responsibility of the Festival's technical service, which offers its apologies to the director, his teams, the producers and the audience at the showing", read a statement.
She added: "On Thursday, at the Wonderstruck screening, there was also some booing when the Amazon logo came up". Exactly what cinema needs...oh wait.
Critics mostly applauded its melding of Spielbergian fantasy and more darkly political themes about food production and capitalism. The only thing I'm not quite sold on is the design and animation of the very obviously computer-generated title creature as it ambles along. Beatrice Behn says her "heart bleeds" for the Netflix movie. Swinton plays it straight throughout, but clearly she's just incredible at pulling off the flawless performance that Bong Joon Ho has envisioned in order to allow us all to clearly understand how fake and full-of-shit these CEOs are, no matter what they preach about saving their world. OKJA: like ET on crack. wild & wildly uneven, but always soulful.
Smash cut to the misty mountains of South Korea a decade later, and one of the pigs, Okja, happily splashes in a waterhole with his beloved owner Mija (An Seo Hyan). The difference in the way people think about animals in these two contradictory ways is a startlingly freaky and utterly arbitrary disconnect that is so rarely discussed and one that Bong does an excellent job in highlighting.
Netflix has stirred controversy throughout the production industry, mainly by way of its impact on traditional distribution methods, with films and TV shows available directly in viewers' homes rather than making an initial debut in movie theatres. Netflix has decided not to screen Okja movie in French theaters. Kyle Buchanan hails the performances in the movie. He hails Gyllenhaal's performance in particular, for being "so flamboyant it can be seen from space".
The director's latest, Okja, is a continuation of this in every way, a madcap fable as purposeful as it is unpredictable, that bears no whiff of a committee, for (mostly) better or (occasionally) worse. But one way or another, it's going to happen on Sunday, May 28, 2017, when the jury convenes on the last day of the festival to hand out the Palme d'Or. Beautifully shot by Darius Khondji, whose most recent work was on James Gray's superb The Lost City Of Z, Okja definitely deserves to be seen on the big screen, but saying that, it certainly fits the Netflix model because of its massively off-beat humour, genre-spanning plot beats and huge likability.