Almodovar and Smith's comments on Netflix at Cannes

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Business Insider talked to Getty Images' Director of Archive Bob Ahern about the progression of Cannes from film festival to one of the glamorous, star-filled occasion of the entire year, and Getty provided some images from the fest's history.

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.

But, in a country where movies shown in cinemas can not be streamed for three years, Netflix refused to arrange distribution across France - meaning "Okja", starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, and "The Meyerowitz Stories", with Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman, will not be seen on the big screen after their Cannes premiere.

Smith added: "Netflix brings a great connectivity for [my kids] to the world".

"I do acknowledge them, but (as long) as I'm alive, I'll be fighting for one thing that I'm afraid the new generation is not aware of: the capacity of hypnosis of the large screen for the viewer". "There's very little cross between going to the cinema and watching what they watch on Netflix".

The jury president of this year's Cannes Film Festival has announced he will only award cinema-released movies, which would exclude Netflix productions. "I think that this is part of a struggle to find the best ways to coexist eventually".

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Actor Smith, who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of boxer Muhammad Ali, launched a spirited defence of Netflix, saying it "broadens my children's cinematic global comprehension".

Anticipation is also high for Carol director Todd Haynes' new film Wonderstruck, starring Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore, in which two stories told 50 years apart intertwine in a mysterious way, and Bong Joon-ho's monster movie Okja, made for Netflix and starring Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton. The Netflix movie 2017 title will be available on the streaming service in 190 countries as well as select U.S. and United Kingdom theaters.

Iranian animated piece "Release from Heaven" by Ali Noori Oskouei will also have its market premier May 22 as opening film of Animation Day in Cannes film festival. "This new measure will apply from the 2018 edition of the Festival International du Film de Cannes onwards", the statement read.

"In my house, Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit", Smith said. It may change the way people behave and the way they see movies...

Will Smith injected some star power to the opening night of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, greeting fans gathered in the Côte d'Azur on Wednesday.

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