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This year's Cannes Film Festival is quaking with change

20 Mai 2017

The Hollywood elite jetted into France on Wednesday for the Cannes film festival, with a Michael Moore documentary "take down" of Donald Trump among announcements stirring up a buzz as the 12-day movie marathon kicked off.

The jury for "Un Certain Regard", which will be headed by Uma Thurman, includes Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, French actor Reda Kateb, Belgian director Joachim Lafosse and the artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Karel Och.

"Like "Carol" two years ago, "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" shows that Greater Cincinnati is the home to world-class cinema", said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati.

Last week festival organisers changed the rules to effectively ban Netflix films in future, insisting that movies in competition must be shown on the big screen in France.

"In my home, Netflix has had absolutely no effect on what they (his children) go to the movie theater to watch", he said.

Jury members from right Agnes Jaoui, Fan Bingbing, Jessica Chastain, Will Smith, Jury president Pedro Almodovar, Paolo Sorrentino, Gabriel Yared, Park Cha-Wook and Maren Ade pose for photographers during the photo call for the Jury at the 70th global film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

The jury will be presided over by Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodovar, with Jessica Chastain, Will Smith and Paolo Sorrentino also joining the panel. Besides the The Meyerowitz Stories later in May and Okja in June, Netflix will this month debut War Machine starring Brad Pitt, in December Bright starring Will Smith, and many more.

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The move sparked a bitter response from Netflix, with boss Reed Hastings claiming "the establishment is closing ranks against us". "All this doesn't mean I'm not open to or don't celebrate the new technologies".

"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 film festival later chose to keep Ojka, as shown by the "official selection" moniker on the film's poster, but issued a rule that all future Cannes competitors have to get a theatrical release in France. "You must be small and humble in front of the image that's here".

But Will Smith, who was also on the panel, defended Netflix shortly after.

This year was the first time the festival backed on its policy to only shortlist movies which could premiere in French cinemas.

This year marks the 70th birthday of the world's biggest film festival, with A-listers including Nicole Kidman, Clint Eastwood and Will Smith set to grace the glitzy French resort amid "unprecedented" tight security. My kids "go to the movies twice a week and they watch Netflix", Smith said. Netflix bring a great connectivity to them to the world.

Officials in the French film industry will continue to grapple with laws that many see as outdated. And now they get to find those artists and they get to look them up online and they make contact.

This year's Cannes Film Festival is quaking with change