70th Cannes Int’l Film Festival kicks off

Farrell, who was nominated for a Golden Globe in Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2015 quirky film, The Lobster, also co-stars with Kidman in The Beguiled as a wounded Union soldier taken in during the Civil War by a boarding school of sheltered Virginia schoolgirls. But the potted plants aren’t there to look good – they are a security measure to avert terrorist attacks during the film festival.

Meanwhile, Marah Alindogan at AoL.com described Sarandon as “clearly the woman of the hour at the gala, with several celebs coming up to her for some quick hellos and hugs”.

This year’s festival, which begins on Wednesday, includes films from Netflix and Amazon and a virtual reality exhibition by Oscar-winning director Alejandro Inarritu.

New rule created to exclude Netflix Netflixs two movies Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories will remain in circulation at this years festival but the French movie theater owners have pushed through a new rule that effectively bans Netflix from participating in Cannes next year. “Netflix has done nothing but broaden my children’s global cinematic comprehension”.

He added: “I personally don’t perceive the Palme d’Or [should be] given to a film that is then not seen on the big screen”.

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

Two productions by streaming platform Netflix – Noah Baumbach’s drama The Meyerowitz Stories, starring Dustin Hoffman and Adam Sandler, and Bong Joon Ho’s fantasy epic Okja, starring Tilda Swinton – are official entries in the competition for the prestigious Palme D’Or.

But, in a country where movies shown in cinemas can not be streamed for three years, Netflix refused to arrange distribution across France – meaning “Okja“, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, and “The Meyerowitz Stories“, with Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman, will not be seen on the big screen after their Cannes premiere.

The website – which has 100 million subscribers – hit back by saying the industry must embrace change, with CEO Reed Hastings blaming the French cinema establishment for “closing ranks” against it.

But from next year Cannes will require every film in competition to be shown in French cinemas afterwards, potentially preventing Netflix movies from competing for prizes. “We’re very proud to partner with NEW to also give Korean viewers such opportunity to see the film in theaters at the same time”, Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, said during a news conference to promote the film at a Seoul hotel.

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”). My kids “go to the movies twice a week and they watch Netflix”, Smith said.

“So they have to find a French exhibitor willing to do a day-and-date vanity release or bow out of future Competition involvement?” asked Charlie Lyne, the director of the documentaries Being Clueless and Fear Itself.