Almodovar and Smith's comments on Netflix at Cannes

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 20, 2017

"The Festival de Cannes is aware of the anxiety aroused by the absence of the release in theatres of those films in France", the statement added. The other jurors are Hollywood actors Will Smith and Jessica Chastain, German writer/director Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann); Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past); French actress/singer/filmmaker Agnès Jaoui (The Taste of Others); South Korean writer/director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy); Italian writer/director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty); and French-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared (Canadian Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World).

Regarding the controversy over its limited screenings in theaters, which has brought about criticisms from the cinema industry, Sarandos said that Netflix is "not against movie theaters" and does not "mean to harm movie theaters", but rather, wishes to coexist with them. The inclusion is billed as part of the festival's 70th-anniversary bill of fare - other items include concerts on the beach, a 25th-anniversary screening of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, and short films directed by Cannes darlings Robin Wright and Kristen Stewart. The Festival de Cannes asked Netflix in vain to accept that these two films could reach the audience of French movie theaters and not only its subscribers.

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.

Having already conquered the world of prestige TV, Netflix is now intent on doing the same with film (see their recent domination of acquisitions at Sundance). Notably, as Variety reported in 2015, four USA movie theater chains refused to screen Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation because the film was to be released in theaters and on Netflix simultaneously, rather than abiding by the traditional 90-day delay for home debut.

CANNES, France (AP) — Pedro Almodovar and Will Smith offered differing opinions on Netflix in a press conference on opening day at the Cannes Film Festival.

The discussion came amid the dispute between Netflix and French exhibitors that center on a rule that states a film can only become available on streaming platforms in France a full three years after its release in cinemas.

Well, tell us how you really feel.

Netflix allows Smith's children to "watch films they otherwise wouldn't have seen". And now they get to find those artists and they look them up online and they make contact. This is also the first festival held since the nearby Nice attack past year that killed 86 people.

"Since Sept. 11, Cannes has. maximized security measures", festival director Thierry Fremaux said in an interview.

Three years ago European Parliament had backed a motion urging anti-trust regulators to get tough on Google. Critics, while praising some of the performances, weren't enamored with Desplechin's farcical, self-referential drama about a filmmaker visited by a long missing ex-wife.

This strand includes a number of Cannes regulars - directors such as Michael Haneke, Lynne Ramsay and Sofia Coppola in a programme of 19 films from more than a dozen countries.

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