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Cannes Film Festival 2017

Cannes Film Festival 2017

Cannes headquarters has now brought in new rules for next year's festival which will require entries to have been shown in French cinemas. But it wasn't always so fashion-focused.

70th Cannes Film Festival - Opening ceremony and screening of the film "Les fantomes d'Ismael" (Ismael's Ghosts) out of competition - Red Carpet Arrivals - Cannes, France.

Actress Marion Cotillard, left, and Charlotte Gainsbourg pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Ismaels Ghosts, at the 70th global film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

This year's program also points to changes shaking up the film industry, including the march on Hollywood by streaming giants Netflix and Amazon and the arrival of virtual reality.

In what has been considered a watershed moment for the streaming service, it has two films competing for the Palme d'Or at the 70th edition of the festival.

After including two Netflix titles - Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories and Bong Joon-ho's Okja - among those contending for the Palme d'Or this year, Cannes reversed course with a new rule announced last week.

In addition to Almodovar and Smith, this year's jury also includes Jessica Chastain, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, German director Maren Ade, South Korean director Park Chan-wook, Chinese star Fan Bingbing, French actress Agnes Jaoui, and French-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared.

"I personally can not conceive of not only the Palme d'Or, but any other prize, being given to a film and then being unable to see this film on a large screen", he said, according to ABC News.

The star, who has a film in the works with the streaming giant, said his children both go to the movies twice a week and watch Netflix.

"In my opinion, what is decisive when one sees a film for the first time is the size of the screen: the size should not be smaller than the chair on which you are sitting. It should not be part of your everyday setting", the Spanish filmmaker said.

"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 of his children's viewing habits.

"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.

Stars are arriving under tighter security than in previous years, 10 months after the truck attack in nearby Nice that killed 86 people.

Actress Marion Cotillard, left, and Charlotte Gainsbourg pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Ismael's Ghosts, at the 70th worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux issued a statement last week saying that only movies opening in French cinemas would make the list.


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