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Will Smith, Pedro Almodovar open testy Cannes Film Festival

Will Smith, Pedro Almodovar open testy Cannes Film Festival

A movie filmed in Cincinnati past year is in the running for the highest award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France.

"I personally would not conceive not only the Palme d'Or but any other prize being given to a film and then not being able to see this film on the large screen", the veteran Spanish filmmaker told an worldwide press audience on the festival's opening day.

CANNES, FRANCE-The war of big vs. small movie screens at the Cannes Film Festival heated up Wednesday as Palme d'Or jury president Pedro Almodovar declared that prizes shouldn't be given to online-only films.

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar will be leading the competition jury, which also includes Smith, "Interstellar" star Jessica Chastain, and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.

"This is a huge opportunity for me", Smith said in an interview before the press conference began.

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"The size of the screen should not be smaller than the chair on which you're sitting".

But Smith said Netflix was not a threat to movie theaters, as people watched streaming video and also went to the cinema.

"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". Given the film's themes of genetic engineering, as well as the poster's clever placement of a factory on the creature's back, I'm guessing the former.

The Cannes film festival kicked off with its traditional lashings of glamour on Wednesday, despite a row over USA streaming giant Netflix overshadowing the 70th birthday of the world's biggest cinema gathering. Notably, as Variety reported in 2015, four US movie theater chains refused to screen Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation because the film was to be released in theaters and on Netflix simultaneously, rather than abiding by the traditional 90-day delay for home debut. The rule change would seem to make Netflix's run at Cannes a one-year affair at most, considering that the streaming service has typically eschewed wide releases of its original films in theaters in favor of online-only distribution. "This incident is just a process of finding out the best way for them to co-exist", said Bong in a press conference in Seoul on Monday. It has a film in competition at Cannes this year, Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck, which will be shown in theatres in France. But of streaming services, she said, "They should have rights, but also duties". There are movies that are not on a screen within 8,000 miles of them. "In my home it has done nothing but broaden my children's cinematic global comprehension".

"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.


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