Both Almodovar and Smith weighed in on the issue that has dominated conversations so far at Cannes - the inclusion in the competition of Netflix films that will be streamed to subscribers and not shown in movie theaters in France. Smith is also a juror.
The annual film event is as revered for its fashionable output on the red carpet and celebrity parties as it is for its debut of esteemed film titles.
Almodovar relayed his feelings about Netflix in a prepared statement he read Wednesday.
"That is something which is very empowering and that's what my sister and I are trying to promote through our brand and through every appearance that we make that it's okay to be yourself", concluded the Raanjhanaa star. "It's the capacity of the hypnosis of the large screen for the viewer".
Optimism is high at this year's Cannes, which features a lineup widely considered to be well-stocked with heavyweight filmmakers, including Todd Haynes ("Wonderstruck"), Sofia Coppola ("The Beguiled"), Michael Haneke ("Happy End") and Lynne Ramsay ("You Were Never Really Here"). "The size [of the screen] should not be smaller than the chair on which you're sitting". It should not be part of your everyday setting. "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".
The 20 year old suffered the ultimate wardrobe malfunction as she accidentally flashed her knickers while smiling for cameras. "They go to the movies twice a week and they watch Netflix", Smith said. It is one of only three Netflix films to receive theatrical releases, joining "Beasts of No Nation" which was screened in the U.S. and U.K, and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny" which was released in select IMAX cinemas across the U.S. It's two completely different forms of entertainment. Accessorised with minimal jewellery and tie-up heels, Deepika wore her hair in a ponytail and looked uber-stylish.
One thing you'll notice about Cannes, in addition to it being the ideal playground for jewelry heists, is that it draws a ton of top models despite the fact that none of them have anything to do with the film industry. They get to find those artists. There's this whole underground world of artists that gets born from that kind of connectivity. It's done nothing but broaden my children's cinematic, global comprehension.