The Netflix issue is complex in France. Many filmmakers would like to see a relaxation of the country’s strict windowing policy but the exhibition lobby is strong and is fighting tooth and nail to keep hold of a 36-month window between cinema release and streaming debut. France is something of an outlier in how steadfastly it protects a lengthy theatrical window, however. Netflix films routinely play at other major festivals.
Last year Netflix had two movies in Cannes’ main competition: Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories. Following a ruckus from French theater owners and unions Fremaux issued a statement during the festival which essentially made Netflix persona non grata.