Monday, 29 May, 2017

70th Cannes Int'l Film Festival kicks off

French authorities have dramatically increased security following the Bastille Day attacks French authorities have dramatically increased security following the Bastille Day attacks
Freda Brock | 19 May, 2017, 20:50

In addition to Almodovar and Smith, this year's jury also includes Jessica Chastain, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, German director Maren Ade, South Korean director Park Chan-wook, Chinese star Fan Bingbing, French actress Agnes Jaoui, and French-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared.

Unless Netflix and the French cinema industry reach a compromise before next year's festival, the video-on-demand company, which has become a serious movie producer, will not be allowed to compete in future.

The Cannes Film Festival is famous for its spirited arguments. (They) watch films they otherwise wouldn't have seen.

A hopeful start to a light and entertaining festival! "Welcome to the 70th Cannes festival".

Spanish director Almodovar, who heads a jury that includes Hollywood stars Will Smith and Jessica Chastain, took a tough line with Netflix, telling reporters it would be "an enormous paradox if the Palme d'Or went to a film that can not be seen in cinemas".

"I have a 16-year- old and an 18-year-old and a 24-year-old at home".

The American platform refused to screen its two films in the running for this year's Palme d'Or top prize in French cinemas in response to French rule which prevent it from streaming for subscription services in France until three years after their traditional box office release.

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"All this does not mean that I am not open to the new technologies or to all what these technologies bring to us", he told reporters.

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. And there's other films that they prefer to watch at home. 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.

Jury president Pedro Almodovar, the Spanish director who has been in competition at Cannes four times, said he hoped to discover what he described as a cinematic miracle. There are movies that are not on a screen within 8,000 miles of them.

Almodovar obviously thinks the battle to preserve big-screen dominance is too important to ignore, even if it effectively suggest that Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories now have little chance of winning the Palme at festival's end on May 28, no matter how much the jury may like them. "The size [of the screen] should not be smaller than the chair on which you're sitting. It should not be part of your everyday setting", he added to applause from his audience. "You must feel small and humble in front of the image that is here to capture you".

With Netflix they get the benefit to watch what they never would have seen, it brings great connectivity to them to the world.

Hollywood's great streaming debate rages on at France's prestigious Cannes Film Festival, where Netflix prepares to make its debut for the first (and possibly the last) time. And now they get to find those artists.

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