Will Smith, another member of the competition jury and star of the Netflix film Bright, came to the streaming distributor's defense.
"It would be an enormous paradox if the Palme d'Or went to a film that can not be seen in cinemas", he said in the jury's first press conference. According to The New York Times, France has what's known as the "French cultural exception" that requires a small percentage of revenue from theatrical, video on demand, television and streaming releases to be pooled to help finance home-grown cinema.
But, in a country where movies shown in cinemas can not be streamed for three years, Netflix refused to arrange distribution across France - meaning Okja, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, and The Meyerowitz Stories, starring Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman, will not be seen on the big screen after their Cannes premiere.
"I prefer absolutely to be seen in not only 190 countries, but always to be seen on a big screen", Almodóvar said to scattered applause from the press.
The "Concussion" star addressed one of the most burning topics of this year - Netflix's place at the world's most prestigious film festival. They go to the movies twice a week, and they watch Netflix. And there's other films that they prefer to watch at home. Cannes has fought back by saying Netflix, which is in the Palme competition for the first time this year, won't be allowed into the 2018 festival unless it changes its policy.
"I do acknowledge them, but (as long) as I'm alive, I'll be fighting for one thing that I'm afraid the new generation is not aware of: the capacity of hypnosis of the large screen for the viewer".
"I personally don't perceive the Palme d'Or [should be] given to a film that is then not seen on the big screen", he added. It should not be part of your everyday setting.
Home fashion Cannes 2017 Rough Start as Will Smith Shills for Netflix in Movie. While the president of the National Federation of French Cinemas last week said the festival had been "taken hostage" by Netflix, the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers said in a statement that the Cannes flap was just a distraction from the "inertia" that had led to the breakdown of talks. "You must feel small and humble in front of the image that's here". When he was asked, Smith said: "It's two completely different forms of entertainment they go for". In my house Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit because they get to watch films that they never would have seen.
NICOLE KIDMAN, Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Pattinson are among the A-listers heading for the French Riviera as the 70th Cannes Film Festival begins today. It's done nothing but broaden my children's cinematic, global comprehension.
The online giant has refused to release its two movies in the running for the Palme d'Or to French theatres, sparking a huge row that threatens to overshadow the world's top film festival, which officially kicks off its 70th birthday edition late yesterday.