“My role is to sometimes talk to the press or to fight with policemen,” Cannes Delegate Basic Thierry Fremaux joked throughout a keynote this night on the Göteborg Movie Competition.

Fremaux had been making a comedic reference to his altercation with a neighborhood police officer on the pavement exterior the Carlton Resort finally 12 months’s Cannes Movie Competition. The altercation — which went viral — was simply one of many matters Fremaux touched on this night in Göteborg throughout a keynote session with Swedish filmmaker and two-time Palme d’Or winner Ruben Östlund.

Concluding the outline of his distinctive job title, Fremaux added: “We are really at the service of the artist, the press, the audience and the professionals. If those roles are well done, we are happy.”

The night’s session was chaired by outgoing Göteborg head Jonas Holmberg, who quizzed the pair on their working relationship and what they believed the function of a movie competition must be within the up to date world of cinema. Each males agreed that movie festivals, notably Cannes, are and should proceed to be a venue to spotlight movies. Nevertheless, Fremaux added a caveat. He stated movie festivals are the ultimate hurdle of an extended and international movie manufacturing chain.

“When we had a lack of female directors it was not our fault. It was the shape and the situation of world cinema. Now the situation is much, much better,” Fremaux stated for example. “Last year, in 2023 and 2021, we had two Palme d’Or films by female directors. Before that, for 73 years, only one female director won the Palme d’Or: Jane Campion with The Piano.”

He added: “We are a reflection. Of course, our choices and decisions create a different destiny for this or that film.”

Persevering with on up to date hot-button matters, Fremaux mentioned Netflix’s continued absence from the Cannes Movie Competition. Two movies by the streamer (Ojka and The Meyerowitz Tales) performed at Cannes in 2017. Since then, the competition has made clear that films must abide by France’s lengthy theatrical window to play in Competitors. Fremaux has invited Netflix to play Out of Competitors, however the streamer hasn’t needed to ship films if the competition‘s most prestigious strand is off-limits.

Fremaux stated he invited Ojka and The Meyerowitz Tales to play in a contest to advertise a dialogue between exhibitors and streamers.

“For us, it was important that this discussion could take place in Cannes, and it took place quite violently,” Fremaux stated. “But it was a way for us to create a dialog with the platforms.”

Fremaux added that he believes there’s nonetheless a major creative distinction between movies made for streamers in comparison with movies produced and launched in cinemas. He used the instance of filmmaker David Fincher to elucidate his views.

“He’s still a great filmmaker,” Fremaux stated of Fincher. “But he doesn’t exist at the same level in our hearts and minds as in the past. He wants to work alone, quietly, making his films for platforms. It’s a different world. We miss him. We want him back in our world.”

Fincher’s newest characteristic, The Killer, produced for Netflix, debuted finally 12 months’s Venice Movie Competition.

Fremaux, nonetheless, didn’t solely condemn the work of streamers. Eager observers will keep in mind that Martin Scorsese’s newest movie, Killers Of The Flower Moon, which screened at Cannes, was partly an Apple pic. Fremaux stated Apple’s technique for Scorsese’s Killers and Ridley Scott’s newest, Napolean, had been the very best examples of the work streamers could possibly be doing. 

“What Apple has done with the Martin Scorsese film and the Ridley Scott film, they have made a lot of money at the box office, and now the films are on the platforms. Which to me is the perfect reflection of our times,” he stated.

Östlund, the present honorary chair of Göteborg, a task beforehand held by Ingmar Bergman and Roy Andersson, was uncharacteristically soft-spoken and reserved all through the session however he did share a provocative replace about his subsequent characteristic, The Leisure System Is Down.

The Swedish filmmaker instructed the viewers he plans to create “the biggest walkout in the history of the Cannes Film Festival” with one scene he has written for the pic.

As beforehand revealed, The Leisure System Is Down is a social satire that will likely be set on a long-haul flight that descends into lethal chaos when the inflight leisure system goes down.

“It could be a good film,” Frémaux joked wryly of the film.

The Göteborg Movie Competition runs till Feb 4.