Will Smith Comes to the Defense of Netflix at Cannes
Will Smith Comes to the Defense of Netflix at Cannes
19 May, 2017, 20:53
But a brewing storm over Netflix's place at the world's most prestigious film festival clouded the event as Cannes rolled out the red carpet.
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Jury member for the 70th Cannes International Film Festival, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (3rd R) poses for photos on the red carpet at the opening of the 70th Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 17, 2017.
"It would be an enormous paradox if the Palme d'Or went to a film that can not be seen in cinemas", he said in the jury's first press conference.
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A hopeful start to a light and entertaining festival! In a statement from the festival several days ago, officials said that as of 2018, "any film that wishes to compete in competition at Cannes will have to commit itself to being distributed in French movie theatres".
This year marks the 70th birthday of the world's biggest film festival, with A-listers including Nicole Kidman, Clint Eastwood and Will Smith set to grace the glitzy French resort amid "unprecedented" tight security. "I have a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old and a 24-year-old at home", Smith said.
Tilda Swinton film Okja, and The Meyerowitz Stories - starring British actress Emma Thompson and Ben Stiller - are the first Netflix films to be shown at Cannes which are up for the main prize.
Others in the running for top honors include "Happy End", another film set against the backdrop of the migrant crisis by "Amour" director Michael Haneke, who is seeking a record-breaking third Palme d'Or.
"All this doesn't mean that I am not open or celebrate new technologies and opportunities", Almodóvar said.
Kidman is the undisputed queen of this year's Cannes, starring in three movies as well as the TV series "Top of the Lake", which is getting a special screening. French theaters, which have strict rules regarding streaming service films, rebelled at the thought of a movie that won't play on the big screen winning the Palme d'Or - the biggest award in film next to an Oscar, and to some, even more important. After saying hello to Cannes' toppers Pierre Lescure and Thierry Fremaux, Smith took direction from the song that was blasting from the speakers, "Get Down", and did just that.
"I see very little cross between going to the cinema and watching what they watch on Netflix in my home", he said.
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar is leading the jury charged with picking a victor among the 19 films vying for the coveted Palme d'Or top prize, on a panel that also includes Smith, "Interstellar" star Jessica Chastain, and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. The size should not be smaller than the chair on which you're sitting. "You must feel small and humble in front of the image that's here".
Smith added his two cents, talking about his kids' use of Netflix, saying, "In my house, Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit". Netflix brings a great connectivity. It's done nothing but broaden my children's cinematic, global comprehension.
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