Will Smith Comes to the Defense of Netflix at Cannes

Filmmakers and writers including Paolo Sorrentino, Maren Ade and Park Chan-wook will also sit on the panel.

The Cannes Film Festival kicked off with its traditional lashings of glamour on May 17, despite a row over US streaming giant Netflix overshadowing the 70th birthday of the world’s biggest cinema gathering.

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Almodovar relayed his feelings about Netflix in a prepared statement he read Wednesday.

Not surprisingly, Smith, who is the star of the upcoming Netflix sci-fi fantasy movie Bright, jumped in to defend the massively popular streaming service.

“Digital platforms are a new way of offering words and images, which in itself are enriching”. They should not alter the habits of viewers and I think that’s the question of today. “True, I play the school mistress, who is a mother figure”, she nods, “and I play a mother in The Killing of Sacred Deer and another type of mother in Big Little Lies, Lion and in Top of the Lake so they all have that in common, but not much else”.

Okja” director Bong said the dispute may be temporary as the industry adapts to new technology, pointing out that the advent of television did not kill filmmaking. “The size [of the screen] should not be smaller than the chair on which you’re sitting”.

Smith rose to the defence of Netflix, saying he uses the service at home and his family also enjoy regular visits to movie theatres.

But French law restricts online streaming until three years after a movie has been put on general release, and Netflix refused to screen the movies in French cinemas. The film festival later chose to keep Ojka, as shown by the “official selection” moniker on the film’s poster, but issued a rule that all future Cannes competitors have to get a theatrical release in France. On Tuesday, France’s National Federation of Films Distributors said the Netflix films at Cannes were “endangering a whole ecosystem”. “They said that movies would become obsolete after TV came out, but they still co-exist”. It’s two completely different forms of entertainment. “In my home Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit – [they] watch films they otherwise wouldn’t have seen”, he said.

Nicole has no fewer than four projects to plug – and some of them are weirdly interconnected. However, the festival’s organisers have confirmed that the Netflix titles will indeed be screened – but that the festival rules will be changed for 2018 so that all films in competition will have to be guaranteed a French theatrical release and not reserved for subscribers to Netflix or Amazon. And now they get to find those artists and they look them up online and they make contact. “It has broadened my children’s global cinematic comprehension”.