Will Smith, Pedro Almodovar open testy Cannes Film Festival

Virginia Carter
May 19, 2017

The duo, in town for the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, was joined by fellow supermodel Hailey Baldwin on a private yacht yesterday, and the photogenic threesome were quick to share pictures of the outing on social media.

Deepika is part of the LOreal beauty contingent at the Cannes Film Festival this year and she shared the red carpet space with other ambassadors of the beauty brand like Julianne Moore. Ahead of the festival, organizers announced that next year, streaming-only films will not be selected in Cannes' competition lineup " a move applauded by French theaters and decried by Netflix. "West Philadelphia is a long way from Cannes", he said.

Considering the quality of the series produced by Netflix, they are two of the most anticipated films this year.

Almodovar took a tough line, telling reporters he could not imagine "the Palme d'Or nor any other prize being given to a film and then not being able to see that film on a large screen". But Almodovar, a Cannes regular, drew applause for his defense of the theatrical experience. "You must be small and humble in front of the image that's here". [They] watch films they otherwise wouldn't have seen.

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"In my home, Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit". It has been great for actors, writers and directors, who have more opportunities and a wider audience than they might have ever reached before. France has been under a state of emergency since the November 2015 Paris attacks. This is also the first festival held since the truck attack in nearby Nice killed 86 people last June.

Will Smith captivates journalists at Cannes press conference and speaks up for Netflix.

Arnaud Desplechin's "Ismael's Ghosts", with Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Cotillard, was the opening-night film.

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