Will Smith Is Having More Fun Than Anyone in Cannes

In what has been considered a watershed moment for the streaming service, it has two films competing for the Palme d'Or at the 70th edition of the festival.

― Reuters picCANNES, May 18 ― Cannes jury chief Pedro Almodovar fired a warning shot at streaming giant Netflix yesterday, declaring that the film that wins the festival's top prize should be shown in cinemas.

Apparently very happy to be part of this jury presided by the vast Pedro Almodóvar, Will Smith - particularly seductive - spent a long time cuckooing and sending kisses to the onlookers who came to applaud him and his co-jurors.

"I wish you 12 days full of enthusiasm", Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi said as he declared the festival officially open alongside actress Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of Johnny Depp.

"I personally don't perceive the Palme d'Or [should be] given to a film that is then not seen on the big screen", Almodovar said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I was probably 14 years old the last time I watched three movies in one day!" he said.

Other stars with splashy Cannes films this year include Kristen Stewart - who's making her directorial debut with the short film Come Swim - Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell in Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton in Netflix's Okja. On Wednesday, director Pedro Almodóvar, who's presiding over this year's competition jury, made a controversial statement regarding the inclusion of Netflix films in the festival. "You must be small and humble in front of the image that's here". "There's very little cross between going to the cinema and watching what they watch on Netflix".

"In my home, Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit".

The company has refused to screen the two movies in French cinemas because of rules that mean films can not be streamed from subscription services in France until three years after their traditional box-office release. "[My children] get to see films they absolutely wouldn't have seen. It has broadened my children's global cinematic comprehension".

Kidman also stars in three other movies as well as the TV series Top Of The Lake, which is getting a special screening.

The jury will pick the Palme d'Or victor out of the 19 films in competition next weekend.

Italian actress Monica Bellucci will host the gala opening ceremony Wednesday night, with French drama Ismael's Ghosts, starring Marion Cotillard, as the opening film.