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Will Smith hails 'benefit' of Netflix amid criticism of Palme d'Or nominations

19 May 2017

He added that "Okja" was an "amazing film that theatre chains want to block us from entering into Cannes film festival competition". However, in France it is dictated by law that a full 36 months must pass before movies with a theatrical run can be streamed on subscription services at home. The popular streaming service will then release the films to its millions of subscribers - foregoing the exclusive run in French cinemas requested by the organizers.

"The size of the screen should not be smaller than the chair you're sitting in". It should not be part of your everyday setting. "You must feel small and humble in front of the image that's here".

Jessica Chastain and Paolo Sorrentino are also on the jury, alongside German director Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann), South Korean helmer Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden), Chinese star Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3), French actress Agnes Jaoui (The Taste of Others) and Oscar-winning composer Gabriel Yared (The English Patient).

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious and formal events in the world, but this year the festival is getting a breath of fresh air thanks to one special jury member, box office maverick Will Smith.

"In my house, Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit", Smith said of his children's viewing habits.

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CANNES, France (AP) — The 70th Cannes Film Festival is opening Wednesday under sunny Cote D'Azur skies, heavy security and widespread unease in the movie industry.

"Okja will be available on Netflix in 190 countries on June 28 in the USA, but actually June 29 here, but will be released in the same moment everywhere in 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.

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.

Smith, who has not had a film play at Cannes before, was dapperly dressed and cheerfully posing with festival-goers who screamed "Will!"

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Looking dashing in black tux, Smith joked about his hometown to a group of festival goers, saying, "West Philadelphia is a long way from Cannes".

In 1938, French diplomat Philippe Erlanger, film critic René Jeanne and Minister of National Education and Fine Arts Jean Zay were disturbed by that year's Venice Film Festival, when pro-fascist films from Germany and Italy - Leni Riefenstahl's "Olympia" and Goffredo Alessandrini's "Luciano Serra, Pilot" - jointly won the top award (the tellingly named Coppa Mussolini).

France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 when coordinated gun and bomb attacks in Paris killed 130 people and wounded 368.

It's not as if they would've gone to the cinema if it wasn't on Netflix.

In a Cannes jury press conference Wednesday, legendary director Pedro Almodovar seemed to come down against Netflix. "So we need to pay attention", festival director Thierry Fremaux said in an interview. Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan, Nice, one year ago.

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