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Will Smith, Pedro Almodovar open testy Cannes Film Festival

Will Smith, Pedro Almodovar open testy Cannes Film Festival

Almodovar, reading from a lengthy pre-written statement in Spanish, spoke about the tensions that have grown in a film industry that is trying to grapple with new players like Netflix that don't necessarily premiere movies in theaters.

Due to a rule change for next year's festival, all movies submitted will have to be released in French cinemas.

It's team of 80 photographers, videographers, editors and technicians will put in over 15,000 hours during the festival, making it one of the company's biggest annual editorial operations.

A view of the palais du festival at the 70th worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 15, 2017.

Normally, the jurors and their president go out of their way at the start of Cannes to declare their impartiality regarding the films they will be viewing and judging over the 12-day festival.

Apparently very happy to be part of this jury presided by the vast Pedro Almodóvar, Will Smith - particularly seductive - spent a long time cuckooing and sending kisses to the onlookers who came to applaud him and his co-jurors. Smith offered his alternative take: "I have a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old and a 24-year-old at home".

Netflix has refused to release its two movies in the running for the prize in French cinemas due to strict rules that mean subscription services can not offer films for streaming until three years after their box-office release.




In what has been considered a watershed moment for the streaming service, it has two films competing for the Palme d'Or at the 70th edition of the festival. "All this doesn't mean I'm not open to or don't celebrate the new technologies". Neither won any prizes, unless you count the Palme Dog awarded to Nellie, the bulldog in Paterson.

Almodovar took a tough line, telling reporters he could not imagine "the Palme d'Or nor any other prize being given to a film, and then not being able to see that film on a large screen".

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 should not be smaller than the chair on which you're sitting. It should not be part of your everyday setting.

"Netflix chose to go first via the internet, so French theatres protested, and they are right, because cinema is first of all in theatres", he added.

The star, who has a film in the works with the streaming giant, said his children both go to the movies twice a week and watch Netflix. "You must feel small and humble in front of the image that is here to capture you".

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. "It has broadened my children's global cinematic comprehension". And now they get to find those artists.


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