Smith de­fends Net­flix de­but at Cannes

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There was drama at Cannes’ open­ing cer­e­mony yes­ter­day when ju­ror Will Smith went off-script.

Smith — pic­tured left with fel­low ju­ror Jes­sica Chas­tain and Pe­dro Almod­ó­var, pres­i­dent of the French film fes­tival’s jury — came to the de­fence of Net­flix, the film and TV stream­ing ser­vice mak­ing both its de­but and fi­nale at Cannes un­der cur­rent rules.

Fol­low­ing com­ments by Almod­ó­var that films should not be short­listed for the awards un­less they are re­leased at the cinema, Smith — whose next film will be dis­trib­uted by Net­flix — said that de­spite not pre­mier­ing films on the big screen, the stream­ing ser­vice had “broad­ened my chil­dren’s global cin­e­matic com­pre­hen­sion”.

Reuters/Eric Gaillard

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