Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Will Smith, Almodovar open a testy Cannes Film Festival

Will Smith, Almodovar open a testy Cannes Film Festival

"I personally don't perceive the Palme d'Or [should be] given to a film that is then not seen on the big screen", Almodovar said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Spanish film director and screenwriter Pedro Almodóvar has been selected as the President of the Jury for the festival with Italian actress Monica Bellucci hosting the opening and closing ceremonies.

Digital platforms are a new way to offer work, which in itself are enriching, But these new forms should not take the place of existing forms, like movies.

Bong, also per The Korea Herald, said he doubts streaming services will replace theaters. They shouldn't change the habits of viewers. "The size [of the screen] should not be smaller than the chair on which you're sitting".

"Set in and around Calais as the refugee crisis grows, the film is certainly not short of political relevancy", said Irish Times critic Donald Clarke, who reckons this year's line-up is "the most promising in a decade".

He went on to say, "I'll be fighting for one thing that I'm afraid the new generation is not aware of".

A festival spokeswoman said the measures were to "guarantee the festival-goers' optimal security" while "taking care not to disrupt" the event. "There's very little cross between going to the cinema and watching what they watch on Netflix", Smith said.

But Cannes isn't just for film industry insiders as a host of stars from across the entertainment industry and fashion world like to soak up the sun and pose for a photo or two on the Croisette.

Netflix is also locked in a similar battle against big USA cinema chains. Companies like Netflix and Amazon have grown quickly in recent years.

This year, she will premiere "The Beguiled", her fourth at Cannes and second in competition.

"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.

The move angered French cinema owners, who forced Cannes effectively to slap a ban on future Netflix-backed movies at the world's top film festival.

New rule created to exclude Netflix Netflixs two movies Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories will remain in circulation at this years festival but the French movie theater owners have pushed through a new rule that effectively bans Netflix from participating in Cannes next year. "The Cannes Film Festival is the ultimate prestige in cinema". He had the task of introducing the jury members one by one, saving Smith for last. "We can't pretend that technology isn't evolving". Netflix brings a great connectivity. And now they get to find those artists. "In my home it has done nothing but broaden my children's cinematic global comprehension". Netflix has not wanted to participate in the French system, and that offended some in the film industry here.

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