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Summer 2017 Film Preview

26 May 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Girls Trip

By Joseph Allen and Kelsey Moore

If the movies are any indication, then we are in for one hot yet refreshing summer. Some of the season’s biggest and action-filled flicks feature powerful, female-led narratives, and goodness, do they come out in full force. The much anticipated female-led “Wonder Woman” is the first to hit summer screens, and if that’s not giving the finger to the male-dominated blockbuster, we don’t know what is.

July also has its fair share of action with Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde.” This spy thriller sends Theron’s character to Berlin during the Cold War in order to save one agent whilst exposing others.

In between superheroes and spies, however, there are plenty of festival darlings and lighthearted comedies to enjoy. Marti Noxon’s “To The Bone,” which premiered at Sundance, features Lily Collins as a young woman battling anorexia. The film is based on Noxon’s own experience with an eating disorder and truthfully tackles the fine line between self-acceptance and despair. Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” reunites Robespierre with “Obvious Child’s” Elisabeth Holm and Jenny Slate. It tackles the messiness of family, growing up, and adultery.

Girls Trip,” on the other hand, is the perfect comedy to help beat the summer heat. Featuring the talents of Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish, this ensemble film follows four friends as they rekindle both their friendships and sense of adventure during a girl’s weekend to New Orleans.

August brings a slew of socially conscious titles, including several directed by women. Kathryn Bigelow’s highly anticipated follow-up to “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Detroit,” tells the story of the 1967 Detroit riots, and speaks to our present moment, one where it feels like little has changed in the 50 years since.

“Whose Streets?,” a documentary about the Ferguson protests, speaks to “Detroit’s” continued relevance as a story of racial animus. Co-director Sabaah Folayan gives us an inside look at the protests, and takes the temperature of a community still filled with righteous anger.

Sundance breakout “Step,” directed by Amanda Lipitz, also debuts in August. The documentary chronicles the hardships of a Baltimore school’s step team during their senior year, and explains how important the team has become for the girls on it.

Here are just some of many women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films releasing this summer. Be sure to keep up with Women and Hollywood for exhaustive monthly previews!

All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

June 2

Wonder Woman” — Directed by Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Did you know? Gal Gadot has been very adamant about the film’s feminist framework, stressing that Diana is “free of internalized sexism and any knowledge whatsoever of socialized gender roles.”

June 9

“Beatriz at Dinner”

“Beatriz at Dinner”

Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Southern California. Don Strutt (John Lithgow) is a real estate developer whose cutthroat tactics have made him a self-made, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two polar opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

Did you know? “Beatriz at Dinner” opens this year’s Sundance Film Festival London, and certainly feels like a timely release. In fact, John Lithgow’s character reminds us of a certain real-world real estate developer who is currently inhabiting the Oval Office.

June 16

Maudie” — Directed by Aisling Walsh; Written by Sherry White

Maudie

Maudie,” based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippling arthritis, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, they become a couple. “Maudie” charts a woman seeking her personal freedom, her unending fight to sustain it, and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

Did you know? Maud Lewis was a Canadian folk artist who possessed no formal training. “Maudie” — which is currently playing in Canada — has ignited a renewed interest in her work. In fact, a painting recently found in a thrift shop just sold for $45,000, approximately three times its appraised value.

Rough Night” — Co-Written and Directed by Lucia Aniello

Rough Night

In this edgy R-rated comedy, five best friends from college (played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.

Did you know? Some would call this a gender-reversed redo of the late ‘90s film “Very Bad Things,” starring Christian Slater. But, let’s be honest: with this ensemble of A-listers and comedic geniuses — we’re looking at you, Kate McKinnon and Ilana Glazer — Aniello’s film is sure to bring a lot more laughs and intrigue.

June 23

The Beguiled” — Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola (Limited Release; Opens in Wider Release June 30)

The Beguiled

The Beguiled” is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered women (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Emma Howard, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, and Addison Riecke) take in an injured enemy soldier (Colin Farrell). As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

Did you know? Director Sofia Coppola does not consider this a remake of the 1971 film. Instead, she wanted to “tell the same story, but flip it to the women characters’ point of view” as they were the ones “cut off during that time, left behind during the war.”

July 14

To the Bone” — Written and Directed by Marti Noxon (Also Available on Netflix)

To The Bone

Ellen (Lily Collins) is an unruly, anorexic 20-year-old who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor (Keanu Reeves). Surprised by the unusual rules — and charmed by her fellow patients — Ellen has to discover for herself how to confront her addiction and attempt self-acceptance, in order to stand a chance against her demons. (Sundance Film Institute)

Did you know? This is a deeply personal project for Noxon. As she discussed with Women and Hollywood, she, too, battled anorexia and bulimia for over 10 years. By exploring this experience in her film, Noxon aims to show just how real these diseases are and how far they are from “an issue of vanity.”

Lady Macbeth” — Written by Alice Birch (Opens in NY and La)

Lady Macbeth

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age (Paul Hilton), and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker (Cosmo Jarvis) on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Did you know? Though she made a memorable impression in Carol Morley’s “The Falling” and TV crime thriller “Marcella,” this marks the first major leading role for Florence Pugh, who is receiving fantastic reviews for her performance.

July 21

Girls Trip” — Co-Written by Tracy Oliver, Karen Mccullah, and Erica Rivinoja

When four lifelong friends (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish) travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Did you know? Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith have not been onscreen together since 1996. Their first collaboration, “Set it Off” (also starring Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise), examines the personal and financial struggles of four women who decide to start robbing banks together.

Landline” — Directed by Gillian Robespierre; Written by Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm

Landline

The Manhattan of 1995: a land without cell phones, but abundant in CD listening stations, bar smoke, and family dysfunction. Enter the Jacobs. Eldest daughter Dana’s (Jenny Slate) looming marriage to straight-laced Ben (Jay Duplass) prompts a willful dive into her wild side, while her younger sister, Ali (Abby Quinn), is still in high school but leads a covert life of sex, drugs, and clubbing. After discovering love letters penned by their father (John Turturro), the sisters try to expose his apparent affair while keeping it from their all-too-composed mother (Edie Falco). (Sundance Film Institute)

Did you know? Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm previously collaborated on critically acclaimed “Obvious Child,” which also stars Jenny Slate. As Ropespierre told Women and Hollywood, her new film explores the “female perspective of monogamy across multiple generations.”

July 28

Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

Did you know? Charlize Theron fought for her character’s no-strings-attached, one-night stand with a female agent. After all, as Theron herself rhetorically asks, “Why is it that James Bond can sleep with every girl in every movie” and nobody questions his lack of emotional investment?

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Bonni Cohen

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Did you know? During an interview with Women and Hollywood, Cohen explained that she wanted audiences to leave the film feeling “empowered — like change is possible and in their hands.” This thirst for change continues throughout her personal work; she is a co-founder of the Catapult Film Fund, which provides development funding and informal mentorship to documentarians.

“From the Land of the Moon” — Co-Written and Directed by Nicole Garcia

“From the Land of the Moon”

In 1950s France, Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man (Louis Garrel) when she is sent away to the Alps to treat an illness. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.

Did you know? “From the Land of the Moon” was one of only three female-directed films that played in competition at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Garcia’s work was in good company, as Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” and Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” also graced the screen. Think this year’s Cannes is any better? Check out Women and Hollywood’s infographic and festival thoughts.

August 4

Step” (Documentary) — Directed by Amanda Lipitz

Step

Baltimore is a city that is fighting to save its youth. This documentary chronicles the trials and triumphs of the Senior girls on the high school’s Step Team as they prepare to be the first in their families to go to college — and the first graduating class of The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. “Step” is more than just a hobby for these girls, it is the outlet that keeps them united and fighting for their goals.

Did you know? “Step” was awarded the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance 2017 and was picked up at the festival by Fox Searchlight for $4 million.

Detroit” — Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Detroit

In the summer of 1967, a handful of rioters took over the city of Detroit following a police raid on an unlicensed bar. Army paratroopers, National Guardsmen, and state and local police were called on to help put a stop to the rioting, which lasted for five days. What sparked the riots was the racism and discrimination of the police force that was felt within the city by the African American population.

Did you know? This is the third collaboration between Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who also worked together on “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker.” Both Bigelow and Boal won Oscars for the latter.

August 11

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) is an unstable young woman with a checkered past of obsessive behavior. She secretly moves to Los Angeles to get close to Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) — an Instagram “lifestyle guru” with a fabulous artist boyfriend, a camera-ready terrier, and an array of new products and brands to promote to her followers. After Ingrid adopts a Taylor-made identity for herself, her machinations to prove she’s Bff material for her Insta idol are underway — that is, until she meets Taylor’s obnoxious brother Nicky (Billy Magnussen), who threatens to tear down her façade. (Sundance Film Festival)

Did you know? “Ingrid Goes West” won the Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance 2017, and was picked up by distributor Neon.

The Glass Castle” — Co-Written by Marti Noxon

The Glass Castle

Based on one of the longest-running New York Times bestsellers, “The Glass Castle” tells the story of Jeannette Walls’ (Brie Larson) unconventional upbringing at the hands of her deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant parents (Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson), and her journey towards acceptance and fulfillment.

Did you know? The film is based on a true story, and Jennifer Lawrence was originally set to star. Brie Larson eventually replaced her.

“Whose Streets?” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Sabaah Folayan

“Whose Streets?”

The activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice bring you “Whose Streets?” — a documentary about the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and then left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis County. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. In the days that follow, artists, musicians, teachers, and parents turn into freedom fighters, standing on the front lines to demand justice. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson, a small suburb of St. Louis, with military grade weaponry, these young community members become torchbearers of a new wave of resistance.

Did you know? As Sabaah Folayan told Women and Hollywood, “Whose Streets?” exists to “honor those who put their lives and livelihoods on the line to fight for our constitutional rights.”

August 18

“Patti Cake$”

“Patti Cake$”

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper (Danielle Macdonald) finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in “Patti Cake$,” the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, “Patti Cake$” chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy, and some unforgettable beats.

Did you know? The film has been compared to “8 Mile” and “Hustle & Flow,” but it’s a departure from these films because its central figure is a woman. “Patti Cake$” examines the barriers women face in entering the world of hip hop. At the same time, it questions whether its central figure is appropriating black culture.

August 25

“The Unknown Girl”

“The Unknown Girl”

Dr. Jenny Davin (Adèle Haenel) runs a busy bare-bones medical clinic on the outskirts of Liege. Late one night, hours past closing time, Jenny ignores a buzz at the clinic’s door. The next morning she learns that this buzz came from a young woman in need of help, and that this unidentified caller is now dead. Weighed down by guilt and the thought of an unknown girl in an unmarked grave, Jenny applies her methodical, diagnostic mind to the case, making it her mission to find out who this woman was, and who, or what, was responsible for her death. (Toronto International Film Festival)

Did you know? The film’s directors, the Dardenne brothers, initially wanted to cast Marion Cottilard in the role, but ended up casting her in the Oscar-nominated “Two Days, One Night” instead.

Summer 2017 Film Preview was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Gigi Hadid & Lily Collins Just Wore the Exact Same Pair of Jeans

25 May 2017 10:24 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Same, same, but different. Not only did both Gigi Hadid and Lily Collins step out in the exact same pair of $150 Black Orchid jeans the other day, but they both also paired the bottoms with white tops, white sneakers and leather jackets. #Twinning Because the two looks are so similar (yet a little different—Gigi's is a little more casual with a cropped band tee and Lily's collared shirt and Rails sweater combo makes hers a little dressier) it's not really a case of who wore it better, per se. It's more like a case of look-how-flawlessly-they-both-nailed-it-so-here's-two-cool-ways-to-rock-your-denim, you know? The formula is simple: Keep your lines clean, your sneakers spotless, »

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Cannes 2017: Lily Collins’ Hair Is Having the Best Week Ever

24 May 2017 6:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lily Collins is no stranger when it comes to making bold red carpet choices — and, as her looks at the Cannes Film Festival this week have proved, she’s all about bold beauty looks, too.

The 28-year-old star landed in the French Riviera four days ago, and hasn’t stopped switching up her hair looks since. She’s debuted everything from faux bangs to a sleek and slick ponytail, proving no hair look is off limits. Of course, she’s had some help: Collins turned to celebrity hairstylist and Ouai founder Jen Atkin — who’s best known for being the »

- Kaitlyn Frey

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“Okja” and “Wonderstruck” debut to raves at the Cannes Film Festival

24 May 2017 4:12 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The Cannes Film Festival is currently going on over in France. It won’t wrap up for a few days still, but now is a fine time to check in and see how the fest is going. Cannes is the most prestigious festival in the world, so it always marks a seminal point in the season, regardless of what is playing. This year, the lineup has seemed, at least to me, a little less top notch than usual. Still, plenty of quality movies have debuted, without question. Awards will be handed out next week, and we’ll cover that, but for now…let’s just discuss what’s playing in the south of France right now. So far at Cannes, two of the more interesting titles to be largely feted include Okja and Wonderstruck. Also in the mix for heavy praise are The Florida Project, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and »

- Joey Magidson

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The Best Celebrity Outfit Changes from the Cannes Red Carpet

23 May 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Between all the premieres, photocalls and fancy parties throughout the Cannes Film Festival, it not easy keeping up with every single red carpet moment from your favorite A-list stars, let alone their endless supply of outfit changes. Luckily, we’ve been tracking their every move on the French Riviera and tallied up the impressive number of dress swaps they’ve had so far.

Julianne Moore is already up to an impressive number of quick changes (six!) while Lily Collins and Sara Sampaio aren’t far behind with five. (It hasn’t even been a full week yet!) While we wait »

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Netflix: Full List of Movies Arriving in June 2017 Includes ‘Okja’ and ‘The Sixth Sense’

23 May 2017 11:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix has announced the list of films that will be available to stream in June. The list includes new never-before-seen original films, as well as documentaries, comedies, animated titles and some classic movies.

1. “The Sixth Sense” (available June 1)

M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 classic tells the story of a boy who communicates with spirits and the psychologist who tries to help him. The film stars Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment.

2. “Saving Banksy” (available June 2)

The documentary follows a New York-based art collector as he attempts to save the street work of graffiti artist Banksy. The film features interviews with some of the top names in the street art and graffiti world, including Ben Eine, Risk, Revok, Niels “Shoe” Meulman, Blek Le Rat, Anthony Lister, Doze Green, Hera, and Glen E. Friedman.

3. “Shimmer Lake” (available June 9)

The Netflix original drama follows a local sheriff as he attempts to solve the mystery »

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Rihanna and Bella Hadid in Dior, Tilda Swinton’s Bouffant, and More Can’t-Miss Style Moments from the Okja Red Carpet

19 May 2017 11:46 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Another day, another star-studded red carpet out of Cannes. Though it’s only the third day of the French film festival, every A-lister is already pulling out all the stops, bringing an endless array of their most glamorous, statement-making gowns, complicated beauty looks, and jaw-dropping mega-carat gems to be documented from every angle and leaving us wondering how they can possibly top themselves. But despite appearances, these celebrities are only just warming up, beginning with Rihanna and Bella Hadid who arrived at Friday’s Okja premiere in some understated, yet seriously elegant Dior Haute Couture outfits.

Never one to shy away from an epic photo-op, »

- Emily Kirkpatrick

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70th Cannes Film Festival Review – Okja (2017)

19 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Okja, 2017.

Directed by Bong Joon Ho.

Starring: Seo-Hyun Ahn, Hee-Bong Byun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Lily Collins.

Synopsis:

A Korean teenager reluctantly joins forces with a group of eco-warriors in a bid to save her beloved super-pig – a genetically modified animal originally created for the slaughterhouse by a sinister corporation.

Netflix’s first foray into the Cannes film festival has elicited cheers and jeers in equal measure. Shortly after it was announced that two of the streaming service’s productions would be competing for the Palme d’Or (Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories being the second), the festival organisers then said future entries would only qualify if there was a theatrical release in France planned.

And the backlash continued with the press preview of Okja at the Grand Theatre Lumiere. Loud boos erupted when Netflix’s logo appeared at the start, prompting a battle of noises between international journalists. »

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Cannes 2017: Okja Review

19 May 2017 6:11 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jo-Ann Titmarsh

Bong Joon Ho’s previous film Snowpiercer dealt with the dire consequences of a climate change experiment. His latest outing, Okja, also takes on issues of a global scale and another experiment. But whereas the first envisaged a post-apocalyptic ice age, this one shows a world still full of bucolic loveliness, at least on the surface.

Tilda Swinton was in Snowpiercer and she reappears here as Lucy Mirando, the new CEO of a huge corporation, having taken over the helm from her evil identical twin. Lucy the loser wants to come out from her sister’s shadow and distance herself from her, even wearing a brace in order to change her appearance. Poor Tilda really does get given some awful mouth-ware in Bong Joon Ho’s films. Lucy is all brightness – from her peroxide bob to her gleaming smile and shiny patent shoes. She wants this polish »

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Netflix at Cannes: Pedro Almodovar Will Give ‘Okja’ a Fair Shake

19 May 2017 4:40 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Cannes press corps was already grumpy when they lined up in chaotic queues to get through extra security for the morning Cannes Palais press screening. But they got even nastier when the red Netflix logo appeared on the screen for the global streaming giant’s first Competition entry at Cannes, Korean auteur Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja.” (IndieWire review here.)

They booed. And booed when the name Netflix appeared again. And throughout the first seven minutes of the film’s introduction to Tilda Swinton’s corporate villain, the boos reached a crescendo, this time protesting the bad projectionist framing that cut off Tilda Swinton’s head.

The twitter reaction was immediate: were the French projectionists deliberately sabotaging the screening? Eventually the projection stopped and waited for some ten minutes before starting again. Right on cue, the assembled international press corps booed Netflix again, but then settled down for the »

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Netflix at Cannes: Pedro Almodovar Will Give ‘Okja’ a Fair Shake

19 May 2017 4:40 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Cannes press corps was already grumpy when they lined up in chaotic queues to get through extra security for the morning Cannes Palais press screening. But they got even nastier when the red Netflix logo appeared on the screen for the global streaming giant’s first Competition entry at Cannes, Korean auteur Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja.” (IndieWire review here.)

They booed. And booed when the name Netflix appeared again. And throughout the first seven minutes of the film’s introduction to Tilda Swinton’s corporate villain, the boos reached a crescendo, this time protesting the bad projectionist framing that cut off Tilda Swinton’s head.

The twitter reaction was immediate: were the French projectionists deliberately sabotaging the screening? Eventually the projection stopped and waited for some ten minutes before starting again. Right on cue, the assembled international press corps booed Netflix again, but then settled down for the »

- Anne Thompson

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Cannes: Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ Booed During Technical Glitch and Netflix Logo at First Press Screening

19 May 2017 3:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Bong Joon ho’s “Okja” was booed at its Cannes Film Festival press screening on Friday after a technical issue caused the film to be projected in the wrong aspect ratio for several minutes at the start of the movie. Boos were also heard when the Netflix logo appeared on the screen prior to the glitch. The screening at the Lumière Auditorium proceeded normally after the issue was resolved.

Read More: Netflix at Cannes: Pedro Almodovar Will Give ‘Okja’ a Fair Shake

“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,” Cannes said in a statement. Netflix was not immediately available for comment on Friday.

Tilda SwintonJake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Paul Dano, and Ahn Seo-hyun star in the monster film, which was co-written by Joon-Ho and Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats »

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Cannes Apologizes for ‘Okja’ Screening Technical Glitches

19 May 2017 12:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Technical problems marred Netflix’s press screening for “Okja” on Friday morning at the Cannes Film Festival, according to audience members.

The film was projected for more than six minutes in the wrong aspect ratio while critics booed and stomped their feet until it was fixed. The negative reaction came after people burst into applause when the Netflix logo was shown. The attitude quickly switched to hissing when the audience realized the film was being shown in the wrong dimensions. The screening later resumed without any issues.

Cannes assumed blame for the problems.

“This incident is completely due to the technical staff of the festival who deeply apologize to the director and his team, to the producers as well as to the audience,” the festival said in a statement.

The South Korean-American action-adventure film is directed by Bong Joon-ho (“Snowpiercer”) and has its red carpet premiere in the evening. »

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Cannes Monster Movie ‘Okja’ With Jake Gyllenhaal Gets New Trailer Ahead Of Netflix Debut

18 May 2017 1:58 PM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Days ahead of its big premiere at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, Netflix’s monster movie “Okja” has a brand new trailer. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Lily Collins and Steven Yeun, the film tells the story of a young girl who must protect her friend – a cuddly hippo-like beast named Okja […] »

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Cannes 2017: Okja Revealed! [Trailer]

18 May 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Oh Bong Joon Ho. You crazy, crazy man.

We all knew that Joon Ho's new movie was a creature feature but I'm pretty certain no one expected it to be about a giant pig. That's right. Okja is, for all intensive purposes, a giant swine.

Seo-Hyun Ahn stars as Mija, a young girl whose best friend is a massive animal she's named Okja. Her idyllic life is turned upside down when a multi-national company, the face of which is none other than Tilda Swinton, swoops in to take the animal - the first of what they hope is a new source of meat. Devastated and willing to do anything to rescue her best friend, Mija teams up with a ragtag group of animal rights activists, led by Paul Dano, to rescue her pet.

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Okja Trailer: Get Ready to Fall in Love with a Pig Monster

18 May 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Netflix has revealed the official trailer for their highly-anticipated film Okja, which includes the first full look at the massive animal at the heart of director Bong Joon Ho's latest film. Okja will have its world premiere at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, before it launches globally on the Netflix streaming service June 28. Director Bong, a visionary director and one of the world's greatest storytellers, has assembled an esteemed international ensemble cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Byun Heebong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, Jake Gyllenhaal and introducing An Seo Hyun as "Mija"

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja, a massive animal and an even bigger friend, at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where »

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First Trailer Hits For Netflix Original Film Okja, & It’s Gorgeous

18 May 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Netflix has spent the past few years becoming one of the most respected television “networks” around. They started with shows like House of Cards, but after producing dozens of original series, and raking in solid review after solid review for their shows, they’ve made it their next mission to do the same for film. But can they actually succeed at becoming a reputable TV And film studio? 

Later this year, we’ll be getting the Brad Pitt film War Machine, but don’t think their commitment ends there. On the more magical side of things, they have a film called Okja. This flick is co-written and directed by Bong Joon Ho, the man behind such films as The Host (no, not the one based on the Stephanie Meyer book) and Snowpiercer, the latter of which starred Chris Evans.

If you’ve been following his career as avidly as we have, »

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New trailer sweeps in for Bong Joon Ho’s latest film Okja

18 May 2017 7:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Netflix have debuted the latest trailer for Bong Joon Ho’s latest film Okja which arrives in Cannes later this week for its world premiere.

Director Bong, a visionary director and one of the world’s greatest storytellers, has assembled an esteemed international ensemble cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Byun Heebong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, Jake Gyllenhaal and introducing An Seo Hyun as “Mija”.

We also have a new one-sheet poster for the incoming feature too. Check it out below.

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. »

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Full Trailer Arrives for Bong Joon-ho's Film 'Okja' Premiering at Cannes

18 May 2017 7:44 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"You should know the situation is not good." This looks like it's going to be amazing. Netflix has revealed a full-length trailer for new film from Bong Joon-ho, titled Okja, just one day before the world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. I'm a huge fan of Bong Joon-ho, and this looks even better than I imagined. Tilda Swinton is back (from Snowpiercer) in the cast, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun, Giancarlo Esposito, Devon Bostick, Shirley Henderson, Daniel Henshall, and Choi Woo-shik. The main girl, named Mija, is played by Ahn Seo-hyun. This trailer shows a lot and sets up the complete story about a corporation kidnapping her animal friend, with tons of footage of the giant pig creature thing, and much more. I can't wait to see this! We'll have a review up tomorrow. Check this out. Here's the first full-length trailer (+ poster) for Bong Joon-ho's Okja, »

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Okja (2017) Movie Trailer: Mija Travels to NYC to Save a Genetically-altered Pig

18 May 2017 7:26 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Okja Trailer Bong Joon Ho‘s Okja (2017) movie trailer stars Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, An Seo Hyun, Byun Heebong, Steven Yeun, and Lily Collins. Okja‘s plot synopsis: “For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her [...]

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