This year's Cannes Film Festival is quaking with change

Streaming giant Netflix is locked in rows with cinemas on both sides of the Atlantic

Streaming giant Netflix is locked in rows with cinemas on both sides of the Atlantic More

New rule created to exclude Netflix Netflixs two movies Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories will remain in circulation at this years festival but the French movie theater owners have pushed through a new rule that effectively bans Netflix from participating in Cannes next year. But that changes when the family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to NY, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija's dearest friend.

Sofia Coppola accompanied her father when he debuted "Apocalypse Now" at Cannes.

I think it's sad that this film festival is siding with exhibitors and robbing festival-goers from seeing possibly great films just because they are produced by a streaming service. According to Gizmodo, the film is about a young girl who wishes to save her friend, a enormous animal named Okja. Perhaps its his small-scale films and similar aesthetic, but it seems like the director continually gets overlooked when compared some of the other premieres, but his films often end up being the finest amongst the offerings.

Security at this year's Cannes is higher than ever.

After an outcry from French theater organizers announced last week that, beginning next year, films without intentions of French theatrical release will be ineligible for Cannes' Palme d'Or competition. Kidman stars as the headmistress of a cloistered girls school that's remained open during the fighting. The documentary film, The Cinema Travellers filled a slot in the Cannes Classics section, which celebrated film heritage, while Anurag Kashyap's Raman Raghav 2.0 was screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight section. "We know that this is a story which will find a great connect with national and global viewers and we are so happy to have them as part of our journey right from the beginning", she was quoted saying in an interview. Joining her is Nicole Kidman, going full Hours in prosthetics and a grey wig as the adoptive mother.

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, the film has Colin Farrell as an injured soldier who seduces Kidman's charges and drives her wild with desire. The loudest controversy - or the radical decision - concerns Okja by Bong Joon-ho (starring Tilda Swinton) and The Meyerowitz Stories (with Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller) by Noah Baumbach, two films produced by Netflix and destined for the subscribers of the streaming service, bypassing traditional cinematic release.

The Australian actress is the undisputed queen of this year's Cannes, starring in three movies as well as TV series "Top of the Lake", which is getting a special screening.

Billed as a grindhouse movie with a brain, NY indie brothers Benny and Josh Safdie have cast Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson as a bank robber struggling to evade the police. The drama from A24 will bow in August. The amount of research she has done for this project is commendable. Even in a year that includes new Blade Runner and Star Wars film, this might be the most appealing sci-fi film. While it's sure to be bleak, audiences are already gearing up for a tour de force from Phoenix. She was at Cannes in 2016 with her maiden film Antardrishti (Man with Binoculars) which she is all set to release back home in India when she returns.

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