Will Smith defends Netflix films at Cannes


Well, that's where it gets complicated. Netflix bring a great connectivity to them to the world.

The twice Oscar-nominated Smith said he had hesitated about accepting the invitation to be a Cannes judge when he realized it would take up two weeks of his time and would be spent mostly watching films.

Netflix's movie "Okja" about a mysterious giant beast, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, is nonetheless among the most talked-about at Cannes, with Sofia Coppola's American Civil War thriller "The Beguiled" featuring Colin Farrell alongside Kidman. Kagemusha was directed by Akira Kurosawa, the legendary director of Rashomon, a film considered by many to be one of the greatest ever made.

However, since neither film was originally slated for French cinema release after first being shown online, the National Federation of French Cinemas (FNCF) complained strongly to festival organisers. In France, the theatrical experience is passionately defended.

The first footage will be shown to prospective distributors at an invitation-only event at the film festival. France may have better public funding for culture than the United States, but it often comes with tougher regulations (this is the government that dictates what can and cannot be called "haute couture", after all).

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.

Almodovar, of course, is for movies having theatrical releases. Populist modern Hollywood escapism doesn't seem like a tonal fit with the worldwide tastes of a festival that prides itself on idiosyncrasy, but what's more idiosyncratic than hosting the premiere of one of the most popular films of all time when nobody expects it? Now, just 10 years later, Netflix streaming service is available in 200 countries worldwide, with 93.8 million subscribers, and produced revenue of $8.8 billion and net income of $187 million for 2016.

The Indian Pavilion in the Cannes film market at the festival will be inaugurated on Thursday by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Col. That's been much easier to do with television, but film has been harder to crack.

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"They are the flawless representation of American cultural imperialism", Christophe Tardieu, director of the National Cinema Center, a government entity distributes funding to French cinema told The New York Times.

He said: "When I first wrote to Chelsea at the military prison in Kansas, she could not be filmed, nor could I communicate with her in any way other than through letters". You must feel small and humble in front of the image that is here to capture you.

"We're not against movie theaters or mean to harm them in any way".

Jury president Pedro Almodovar, from left, jury members Jessica Chastain and Will Smith pose for photographers during the photo call for the Jury at the 70th global film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May.

He then suggested that he might hold the release plans for Netflix's two offering against them.

The gathering on the southern French coast, where 19 films will be vying for the coveted Palme d'Or top prize and hundreds more will be screened, also comes with a higher security status than in previous years.

"In my home, Netflix has had absolutely no effect on what they (his children) go to the movie theater to watch", he said.