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Will Smith, Pedro Almodovar open testy Cannes Film Festival

Will Smith, Pedro Almodovar open testy Cannes Film Festival

Jessica Chastain and Paolo Sorrentino are also on the jury, alongside German director Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann), South Korean helmer Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden), Chinese star Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3), French actress Agnes Jaoui (The Taste of Others) and Oscar-winning composer Gabriel Yared (The English Patient).

The famed Cannes Film Festival will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year when it starts on May 17 along the French Riviera.

Jury president Pedro Almodovar agreed with the change, saying films should always be seen on the big screen and he was "concerned" about the issue.

Who is that - a celebrity photographer in the photographer pen at the first official photocall of the Cannes Film Festival 2017. Rancor and controversy nonetheless dogged the festival's preamble, as well as its opening day. "You must be small and humble in front of the image that's here".

The films will vie for the coveted Palme d'Or, which was a year ago won by British director and Cannes stalwart Ken Loach for his searing benefits drama I, Daniel Blake.

Todd Haynes, director of acclaimed lesbian drama "Carol", has the first film in the main competition, "Wonderstruck", based on a half-text, half-graphic novel about the inter-connected stories of two troubled children, set decades apart.

"Until I'm alive", he added, "I'll be fighting for one thing that I'm afraid the new generation is not aware of; it's the capacity of the hypnosis of the large screen for the viewer". With Netflix they get the benefit to watch what they never would have seen, it brings great connectivity to them to the world. Netflix this year took home the Sundance U.S. Jury Prize for I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore.

Cannes organisers last week announced a rule change that could effectively ban Netflix in future, insisting that movies in competition must be shown on the big screen in France.

The movie will enjoy a full release in Korea, but as for North American and European releases, only select theaters in the US and United Kingdom will offer screenings, according to Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, during a press conference held at Four Seasons Hotel in Jongno District, central Seoul, on Monday.

Security was greater than ever at the French festival, with stepped up efforts to restrict access and even an anti-drone system.

Ten months after a truck attack in nearby Nice killed 86 people, concrete barriers - in the form of giant flower pots - have been set up to try to block any similar assault.

Director Bong Joon-ho, left, and Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, pose at a press conference held Monday in Jongno District, central Seoul, to discuss the upcoming "Okja", which has been invited to compete at the 70th Cannes Film Festival that will open on Wednesday.

Also supplying the star power on Wednesday was Marion Cotillard, who stars alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg in French director Arnaud Desplechin's Ismael's Ghosts, which premiere on opening night.


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