"Cannes is a film festival in theatres, and, for the territory of France, we would like to have all the films competing in Cannes available in theatres", festival director Thierry Fremaux told Reuters in an interview. Almodovar staked out a firm position in support of the new policy, and seemed to suggest that the two Netflix films vying for the Palme d'Or this year have no shot.
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Will Smith (R) and member of the Feature Film jury Jessica Chastain for the screening of the film "Ismael's Ghosts" (Les Fantomes d'Ismael) during the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.
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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.
Apparently very happy to be part of this jury presided by the enormous Pedro Almodóvar, Will Smith - particularly seductive - spent a long time cuckooing and sending kisses to the onlookers who came to applaud him and his co-jurors.
A more conciliatory note was taken by jury member Will Smith, who noted that his three children, aged 24, 18 and 16, go to the movies "twice a week", but also watch streaming services.
Netflix will be releasing a Will Smith film this year, titled "Bright".
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Reading from a pre-prepared statement, he said: "All this doesn't mean I'm not open, or don't celebrate the new technology and the possibilities they offer to us".
Almodovar, a longtime Cannes regular, is president of the jury that will decide the Palme d'Or.
At the jury press conference earlier on Wednesday, jury president Almodovar said that "it would be a huge paradox that the Palme d'Or or another award-winning film could not be seen in theaters".
Last week festival organisers changed the rules to effectively ban Netflix films in future, insisting that movies in competition must be shown on the big screen in France.
"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", the Spanish filmmaker said. They get to see movies that aren't on a screen within 8,000 miles of them.
"They go to the movie theater to be humbled in front of certain images and there's other films that they prefer to watch at home and there's really little to no cross".
"In my house, Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit", Smith said.
Hollywood's great streaming debate rages on at France's prestigious Cannes Film Festival, where Netflix prepares to make its debut for the first (and possibly the last) time. "They get to find those artists". "It has broadened my children's global cinematic comprehension", the actor said.