Tilda Swinton Hits Back At Netflix Cannes Controversy: "We Didn't Come Here For Awards"

The actress stars in Okja which is nominated for the festival's top prize

Tilda Swinton has defended Netflix's presence at Cannes following the ongoing controversy over the streaming service's films being nominated for the festival's top prize.

For the first time in the festival's history, two Netflix productions have been nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or this year.

One of these is Swinton's Okja - directed by The Host's Bong Joon-ho - which had to be stopped due to technical difficulties during the first few minutes of the film at Cannes earlier today.

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It had also been booed by some members of the audience when the Netflix logo appeared on the screen, before it became clear that the film was playing in the wrong aspect ratio.

During a press conference at the festival, Swinton - who plays an evil CEO in the special effects epic - told reporters (via Variety): "The truth is, we didn't actually come here for prizes.

"We came here to show the film to the Cannes Film Festival. We get the wonderful opportunity and privilege to screen our film on that screen."

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Jake Gyllenhaal - who plays a TV host in the movie - added: "It's truly a blessing when art can reach one person... particularly in today's age, when we are inundated with information, sometimes true, sometimes not, that we can get the artistic expression in whatever form we can."

The film has also been contentious because Netflix have refused to screen it in French cinemas. The festival has since rescinded its rule and as of next year, films will have to be released in French cinemas if they want to be considered.

Okja follows a young girl who tries to save her giant pet pig from a powerful corporation, and has been compared to E.T and Babe, and other adventures including animals, with Swinton adding: "I still live outnumbered by animals. Some of them are human."

Meanwhile, Jury president Pedro Almodovar and panelist Will Smith reignited the feud over Netflix and Amazon and their place at Cannes earlier this week.

Filmaker Almodovar revealed he is against it, arguing that nothing can emulate the cinematic experience. Meanwhile actor Smith said Netflix has broadened his "children's global cinematic comprehension".