Elaborating on his experience there by far, the actor added, "It's a great festival, and some of the world's best movies are screened there every year".
'[The kids] get to see films they absolutely wouldn't have seen.
Actress Marion Cotillard, left, and Charlotte Gainsbourg pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Ismael's Ghosts, at the 70th global film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
This year was the first time the festival backed on its policy to only shortlist movies which could premiere in French cinemas.
Upcoming movie "Okja" has sparked heated debate about how films released nearly exclusively online will affect the film industry, but the film's visionary director, Bong Joon-ho, doubts platforms like Netflix will replace theaters. Festival organisers tried to negotiate a compromise, with a "limited release" of the movies in France mooted. Almodovar staked out a firm position in support of the new policy, and seemed to suggest that the two Netflix films vying for the Palme d'Or this year have no shot.
Due to a rule change for next year's festival, all movies submitted will have to be released in French cinemas.
A backlash from French cinema chains prompted Cannes organisers to change the festival's rules from next year onwards to insist on a theatrical release - a move that could effectively ban Netflix from taking part in the future. The theaters trade organization has demanded that Netflixs two movies be removed from this years festival.
Many read his statement as indicating that neither of Netflix's highly touted films ― Okja starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, nor The Meyerowitz Stories with Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller ― would win anything. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings hit back with a post on Facebook, saying: "The establishment [is] closing ranks against us". "You must be small and humble in front of the image that's here".
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said Cannes should live up to its core mission of "celebrating arts" regardless of platform. And now they get to find those artists and they look them up online and they make contact. American independentsFour titles from US has been selected for the competition with, needless to say, neither the political authorities nor the film studios having a chance to influence the selection done by the artistic director of the festival, Thierry Fremaux.
But Smith said Netflix was not a threat to movie theaters, as people watched streaming video and also went to the cinema.
With France still under a state of emergency due to a raft of Islamist attacks, Cannes 2017 - the festival's 70th outing - will be under tighter security than ever, but that will not dampen spirits, according to the Hollywood Reporter's Scott Roxborough.