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Cannes apologizes for projection snafu with Netflix's 'Okja'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/19/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, from left, Tilda Swinton and director Bong Joon-Ho pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Okja at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, from left, Tilda Swinton and director Bong Joon-Ho pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Okja at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

CANNES, France (AP) — As if Netflix's entry into the Cannes Film Festival hadn't already prompted enough drama, the first screening of the Netflix release "Okja" was marred by a technical glitch that led the festival to apologize.

Director Bong Joon-Ho, from left, actresses Tilda Swinton and Ahn Seo-Hyun pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Okja at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Director Bong Joon-Ho, from left, actresses Tilda Swinton and Ahn Seo-Hyun pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Okja at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The premiere of Bong Joon-ho's fantasy was a heated affair to begin with. It's the first of two Netflix films in Cannes' Palme d'Or competition to premiere.

Actors Paul Dano, right, and Jake Gyllenhaal pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Okja at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Actors Paul Dano, right, and Jake Gyllenhaal pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Okja at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

After protests from French theaters, Cannes says beginning next year only films with theatrical distribution will compete. Netflix's logo was booed by some at Friday's screening.

Actors Byung Heebong, from left, Steven Yeun, Ahn Seo-Hyun, Devon Bostick, Lily Collins and Paul Dano pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Okja at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Actors Byung Heebong, from left, Steven Yeun, Ahn Seo-Hyun, Devon Bostick, Lily Collins and Paul Dano pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Okja at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

But the projection was also initially askew, and the packed theater hissed and clapped until the screening was stopped. After a 10-minute wait, "Okja" was restarted.

The festival quickly issued an apology, promising the error was technical and not anti-Netflix sabotage.

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