Friday, 24 November, 2017

Will Smith sticks up for Netflix on heated Cannes jury

Pedro Almodóvar stands in between Monica Bellucci and Lily Rose Depp at the opening of the 70th Cannes Film Festival                  REUTERS  Eric Gaillard Pedro Almodóvar stands in between Monica Bellucci and Lily Rose Depp at the opening of the 70th Cannes Film Festival REUTERS Eric Gaillard
Frank Williams | 19 May, 2017, 10:53

Business Insider talked to Getty Images' Director of Archive Bob Ahern about the progression of Cannes from film festival to one of the glamorous, star-filled occasion of the entire year, and Getty provided some images from the fest's history.

The gathering on the southern French coast, where 19 films will be vying for the coveted Palme d'Or top prize and hundreds more will be screened, also comes with a higher security status than in previous years.

Due to a rule change for next year's festival, all movies submitted will have to be released in French cinemas. Sarandos also explained that they were invested in "Okja" because he believes it's a "great project", one that he plans to become successful not just in the South Korean market but also to the rest of the world. "All this doesn't mean that I am not open or celebrate new technologies and opportunities, but [as long as] I'm alive I'll be fighting for the capacity of hypnosis of the large screen for the viewer".

That seemed to be the last word - until Smith chimed in a few minutes later, launching into a defense of Netflix, as it related to the viewing habits of his three kids.

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"The only thing, as we are talking about movie theatres, is that at a certain moment in the day, several times a day, the lights go out and we watch a film - together - and that's cinema".

However the Festival has threatened to exclude Netflix from future events after a backlash from French film distributors who are furious that the subscription service prefers to bypass cinemas and releases movies directly to its 100m streaming subscribers. "I want to give them an abundance of films (to watch)". And there's other films that they prefer to watch at home.

The streaming service has been discussing possible deals, including a brief temporary theatrical release, with French exhibitors. A view of the Palais De Festival prior to the start of the 70th worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 15, 2017. It may change the way people behave and the way they see movies... And now they get to find those artists and they get to look them up online and they make contact. The Cannes film festival kicks off its 70th birthday edition on Wednesday with A-listers including Nicole Kidman, Clint Eastwood and Will Smith jetting in for the 12-day movie marathon, France 24 reported.

While filmmakers, and their movies, will be competing for a variety of prizes at the prestigious, invitation-only festival, the top film will be awarded Palme d'Or. "It has broadened my children's global cinematic comprehension", the actor said.

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