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Boos for first Netflix film at Cannes

Press Association logoPress Association 19/05/2017 Joe Nerssessian

The screening of Netflix's first ever film at the Cannes Film Festival has been marred by technical problems and booing from the crowd.

Okja, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, is said to have been shown in the wrong aspect ratio for more than six minutes while the crowd jeered Netflix's logo, according to the BBC.

In video clips posted on Twitter, members of the audience can be heard booing, whistling and shouting.

Indie Wire film critic David Ehrlich wrote on Twitter: "Okja starts, huge boos at Netflix logo.

"Then film plays in wrong aspect ratio and Grand Lumiere almost rioted. Movie stopped."

The festival later issued an apology over the technical issues.

In a statement posted on its official Twitter account, it said: "A technical incident disrupted the beginning of the screening of Bong Joon-ho's film, Okja, which was shown this morning at a press screening at the Lumiere Auditorium.

"The session was interrupted for a few minutes but was then able to carry on as normal.

"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."

Netflix's presence at Cannes has been deemed controversial with critics hitting out at their inclusion and a new rule introduced for next year requiring films to have had theatrical distribution in French cinemas.

In what has been considered a watershed moment for the streaming service, it has two films competing for the Palme d'Or at the 70th edition of the festival, including Okja.

On Sunday a second Netflix film, Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories, will be screened.

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