Cannes 2017: Will Smith debuts as film jury member and defends Netflix


Cannes 2017: Will Smith debuts as film jury member and defends Netflix
The 70th Cannes Film Festival kicked off on the 17th of May 2017 and as expected, it’s become the talk of the town. 
One of the burning topics this year round is over Netflix’s place at the world’s most prestigious film festival. For the first time, Cannes has selected two Netflix releases – Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Okja’ and Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ – for its Palme d’Or competition.
The stir was created since French theatres have strict rules and regulations regarding streaming service films, and aren’t too big on the thought of a movie that is not playing on the big screen, to win the Palme d’Or – the biggest film award after an Oscar. The festival relented and next year will not accept streaming-only films.
This year, Will Smith was introduced as a member of the Cannes Film Festival jury and was highly ecstatic about the same. According to a popular tabloid, Smith said, “West Philadelphia is a long way from Cannes (referring to the lackadaisical neighbourhood in the northeastern U.S. city where he grew up.)” “The Cannes Film Festival is the ultimate prestige in cinema,” he added.
The Oscar-nominated superstar said he initially was sceptical about accepting the invitation as a jury member. “I was probably 14 years old the last time I watched three movies in one day!” Smith told a leading daily. However, he ultimately couldn’t resist and gave in.
When quizzed about the Netflix controversy, Smith defends it saying, “In my home, Netflix has had absolutely no effect on what they (his kids) go to the movie theatre to watch. They go to the movie theatre to be humbled in front of certain images and there are other films that they prefer to watch at home and there’s really little to no cross.” Well, we quite agree with you on this one, Mr.Smith!