Will Smith Comes to the Defense of Netflix at Cannes

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 19, 2017

Whooping with excitement and high-fiving reporters, Will Smith looked like he was ready to have fun as a member of the Cannes Film Festival jury that assembled in this French Riviera resort on Wednesday. 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.

Netflix will for the first time debut its movies Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories at the Cannes film festival that kicks off tomorrow on May 17.

In France, rules state that once a film has had a cinema release, it can not be streamed online for three years - which is too long for subscribers to wait, says the streaming service.

The US platform has refused to screen the two movies in French cinemas due to strict rules that mean films can not be streamed from subscription services in France until three years after their traditional box office release.

He said 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".

"All this doesn't mean that I am not open or celebrate new technologies and opportunities", Almodóvar said. The size should not be smaller than the chair on which you're sitting. "You must feel small and humble in front of the image that's here".

Interspersed with industry parties, charity balls and the presentation of the coveted Palme d'Or, this year's festival is shaping up to be a landmark celebration.

But Smith, a member of the jury that also includes Jessica Chastain, Paolo Sorrentino and Park Chan-wook, stuck up for Netflix.

Movies theaters fear that Netflix will hit them where it hurts the mostThis has caused drama in Cannes.

However from next year, films will have to be released in French cinemas if they want to be considered.

But Smith has a $90 million movie called "Bright" coming to Netflix only, in December. Consequently, and after consulting its Members of the Board, the Festival de Cannes has chose to adapt its rules to this unseen situation until now: Any film that wishes to compete in Competition at Cannes will have to commit itself to being distributed in French movie theaters. "I have a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old and a 24-year-old at home", Smith said. 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.

"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. "In my home it has done nothing but broaden my children's cinematic global comprehension".

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