Screening at Cannes of Netflix's 'Okja' stopped due to heckling

Screening at Cannes of Netflix's 'Okja' stopped due to heckling

Screening at Cannes of Netflix's 'Okja' stopped due to heckling

In a press conference after the screening, Bong laughed at a journalist's question about rumors that Okja had been sabotaged by anti-Netflix forces. It's a satire, yet also a thriller; it's playful, it's weird, but lovable.

Written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank), Okja follows Mija, a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend, a massive animal named Okja. When they come to take it, she runs off to try and find and bring her home. In many other films his performance would definitely be seen as "too much", but Bong's world is a bright and wild one and it's entirely in keeping with a film that keeps you on its toes with it's wild tangents and bold gear shifts.

"Ha, this is really not made for the cinema", one spectator shouted.

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Although title beast Okja is referred to as a pig, she resembles an elephant with the head of a dog, and she's as loyal to Mija as any canine would be. It's packed with stars like Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, and Lily Collins. Most critics love it and appreciate it for reasons more than one. The difference in the way people think about animals in these two contradictory ways is a startlingly freakish and utterly arbitrary disconnect that is so rarely discussed and one that Bong does an excellent job in highlighting.

What follows clashes action and satire, distressing drama and wacky, wonky comedy, as Mija follows her prized porcine to first Seoul and then NY, and is aided in her attempts to free him by a posse of Animal Liberation Front activists led by the self-importantly selfless Jay (Paul Dano). Swinton plays it straight throughout, but clearly she's just incredible at pulling off the ideal 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.

The film has already invited comparisons to Hayao Miyazaki, with its strong focus on the childhood experience and selfishness of corporations towards the environment. Animal lovers will revel in this, but meat eaters may hate this.

Just a few years ago the movie would have been positioned as a major theatrical tent-pole release, but it will instead be launched directly into people's homes at the end of this year.

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