Netflix told their films should not win Cannes as festival opens

19 Mai, 2017, 20:57 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
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The Cannes Film Festival has never had a juror quite like Will Smith, who strode into the Palais to roars of applause that brought to mind the premiere of one of his action movies (think "MIB in Paris").

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.

The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival will showcase some of the best new films of the year from May 17 to May 28.

Pedro Almodovar, president of the festival jury, has taken a break from posing for the photographers and chose to take a spot amongst them, being handed a camera and shot his way- until an official asked him to get back to his original duty.

"I wish you 12 days full of enthusiasm", Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi said as he declared the festival officially open alongside French-American actress Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of Hollywood star Johnny Depp. 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.

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.

Will Smith has defended Netflix's place at Cannes Film Festival during the first day of the prestigious event.

"This is a huge opportunity for me", Smith said in an interview before the press conference began. Throughout this year's Cannes Film Festival, Getty will have a team of 80 people, which includes photographers and videographers, social-media experts, picture editors, assignment editors, and technicians. "You must feel small and humble in front of the image that is here to capture you".

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

Kidman, however, 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.

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

He said: "I have a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old and a 24-year-old at home". Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit.

Calling it "the debate of this year", Almodovar was clearly referring to the two Netflix films among the 19 competing for the Palme: Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi fantasy Okja, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal; and Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories, a dysfunctional-family drama starring Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller.

(Thibault Camus). A view of the palais du festival at the 70th global film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 15, 2017. There are movies that are not on a screen within 8,000 miles of them.

Netflix, which streams films and television shows to subscribers, has two of the hottest movies in contention for the Palme d'Or - its first time in competition at the festival that France boasts is the greatest in the world.


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