Published: Пт, Мая 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

UCLA with Cannes film fest, CanalPlus to launch Storytelling Institute

UCLA with Cannes film fest, CanalPlus to launch Storytelling Institute

Cannes, the city famous for the Cannes Film Festival, now in motion.

Will Smith, Jessica Chastain and Fan Bingbing - who are all on the jury that will decide which film wins the Palme d'Or top prize on May 28 - were among the A-listers gracing the red carpet in this French Riviera resort. The festival relented and next year won't accept streaming-only films in the competition.

Ten students will be accepted to the first course, and will be required to complete a screenplay during their time, with additional programs eventually expected to follow in series writing and team writing.

However fellow juror Will Smith - perhaps the most popular figure on this year's bench - waves his flag in favour of Netflix.

Cannes organisers last week announced a rule change that could effectively ban Netflix in the future, insisting that movies in competition must be shown on the big screen in France. [They] watch films they otherwise wouldn't have seen. And now they get to find those artists and they look them up online and they make contact.

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Collider is back at the Cannes Film Festival to discover the crème de la crème of worldwide cinema, debate with other critics about the various films, interview stars and see new ones on the rise, complain about the long lines, party (a bit), and walk (a lot) down the Croisette to watch the massive billboards and video installations of upcoming blockbusters.

"West Philadelphia is a long way from Cannes", said Smith, referring to the scrappy neighborhood in the northeastern USA city where he grew up.

Security was greater than ever at the French festival, which has stepped up efforts to restrict access, added more metal detectors and even introduced an anti-drone system.

On Wednesday, the heightened measures were already causing something unthinkable at the stringently clockwork Cannes: slight delays at screenings and press conferences. Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan, Nice, one year ago.

Arnaud Desplechin's "Ismael's Ghosts", with Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Cotillard, was the opening-night film. Critics, while praising some of the performances, weren't enamored with Desplechin's farcical, self-referential drama about a filmmaker visited by a long missing ex-wife. But it has confused a number of other groups that rely on clearer categorization, including Cannes and awards organizations.

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