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Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal walk Cannes red carpet for 'Okja'

Reuters 2017-05-20 05:30:00

Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, stars of Netflix's 'Okja', walked the red carpet at the 70th Cannes film festival. A technical glitch on halted the screening of the platform's first movie to compete at the Cannes Film Festival, but "Okja", which opened to boos at the sight of Netflix credits, ended in hearty applause. One of the most keenly anticipated films of the festival, because of its stellar cast and director as well as the video streaming company's decision to give it only a limited theatrical release, opened to a packed press screening. Directed by Korean Bong Joon-ho, known for "Snowpiercer" and "The Host", "Okja" is the story of a little girl's relationship to an intelligent giant pig-like animal which has, unknown to her, been bred by a U.S. biotech company to produce cheap meat. The animal is saved, but also used, by activists from the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Also on the carpet for the premiere were Rihanna, Juliette Binoche, Jessica Chastain and Julianne Moore among others.