Lars von Trier wasn't there [at the festival] this year, so in a way, we seem to have contributed noise instead," he said laughing. "I sincerely apologize to all [industry people] whom I have unintentionally tired out."I understand South Korean multiplexes and their wish for the three-week hold back time. I don't think Netflix normally pushes local exhibitors to simultaneously open their films.The stench of the blood, bones and defecation, it felt like they stained my clothes and followed me all the way back to New York …But when I came back to Seoul, and had all these dinner meetings, I started eating meat again." The filmmaker said that he doesn't particularly object meat consumption itself.However, if NEW decides to push ahead the simultaneous release plans, then it will be difficult for us to make a compromise," said the spokesperson who spoke on conditions of anonymity, explaining that "final decisions have yet to be made so we feel careful" as reasons.
The film is, after all, financed by Netflix users, and I don't think we should deprive them of their privileges [to watch the film at the earliest possible date]." Finally, he emphasized that the controversy stems from his "cinematic greed." The -million film backed by Netflix and Brad Pitt's Plan B will also receive limited day-and-date releases in select U. Both screenings were held at Daehan Cinema, a historic theater dating back to 1955 that stands in Chungmuro (the symbolic heartland of the Asian country's film industry that is the local equivalent to Hollywood) but no mainstream film, however — let alone the priciest Korean-language film to date — has bowed at the 11-screen venue since the late-2000s when glossy multiplex cinema brands began dominating the scene.Next Entertainment World (NEW), the South Korean distributor of the much-anticipated Netflix film, has touted the rather atypical screening venue choice as "a gesture of respect" to South Korea's cinema roots.Local industry people have, however, noted "how strange and inconvenient it was" that the film's VIP screening was held at Daehan, located quite some distance from Yeongdeungpo Times Square, where the red carpet event for local fans took place.Previously, a staff member of Lotte Cinema, the country's second-largest cinema chain after CGV, also said Lotte shared similar views.Also asking for anonymity, the staff member said Lotte may consider releasing was revealed to the press two weeks ago) were simply unavailable."There could easily be debates or controversies surrounding any given film, and the current discourse has not complicated things for us in any way," said Kang Hyo-mi of 1st Look.