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Netflix told their films should not win Cannes as festival opens

CANNES: Cannes jury chief Pedro Almodovar fired a warning shot at streaming giant Netflix Wednesday declaring that the film that wins the festival’s top prize should be shown in cinemas. The online giant has refused to show two of its movies in the running for the Palme d’Or in French movie theatres, sparking a huge row that threatens to overshadow the world’s top film festival, which starts officially late Wednesday. The Spanish director, who heads a jury that includes Hollywood stars Will Smith and Jessica Chastain,…

Cannes says 2017 is first and last for Netflix unless it changes

LONDON: Netflix, the U.S. video-on-demand company, will not be allowed to compete at the Cannes Film Festival after this year unless it changes its policy and gives its movies a cinema release, organisers said on Wednesday. The 2017 festival, which begins next week, has Netflix films in its competition for the first time, a decision that angered the French movie theatre sector as the company said the films will only be streamed to subscribers and not shown in cinemas. Festival Director Thierry Fremaux had said he…