Inarritu hails cinema experience in Netflix age
LOS ANGELES, May 15, (RTRS): Selena Gomez took a moment at the Cannes Film Festival to lament a culture where everyone lives on their phones.
“I think our world is going through a lot,” Gomez said. “I would say for my generation, specifically, social media has really been terrible. It does scare me when you see how exposed these young boys and young girls are. They are not aware of the news. I think it’s dangerous for sure. I don’t think people are getting the right information sometimes.”
Gomez has more than 150 million Instagram followers, but she said that she’s learned to be selective about what she posts. “I think it’s pretty impossible to make it safe it at this point,” Gomez said. “I’m grateful I have the platform. I don’t do a lot of pointless pictures. For me, I like to be intentional with it. It just scares me. I’ll see these young girls at meet and greets. They are devastated, dealing with bullying and not being able to have their own voice. It can be great in moments. I would be careful and allow yourself some time limits of when you should use it.”
Gomez is at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival with a role in this year’s opening night movie, Jim Jarmusch’s “The Died Don’t Die”. The zombie film starring Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver and Chloe Savigny opened to mix reviews. But that didn’t seem to bother Jarmusch.
The cast was a reunion of sorts for the director. Swinton starred in Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive”. And Murray appeared in “Broken Flowers”.
“Speaking only for myself, I would say I’m at my best when I’m working for a living,” Murray said, as he discussed what drew him to acting. “When I’m not working, I’m lazy. I feel the vitality of film is a representation of the best of my current state of consciousness. I’m a better person when I’m working on a film. The two are close for me. The state of a work of my film is a high point of a week or month or a year.”
The need for more women directors at Cannes has been at the forefront of this year’s festival. Swinton spoke about what can be done. “I would remind us that women have been making films for 11 decades now,” Swinton said. “There are countless films by women out here. The question is why don’t we know about them?”
Swinton encouraged everyone in the room to raise awareness. “We have our female filmmakers – some of them are working bars,” she said. “Some of them can’t get into school That’s where we need to start. We need to look at the canon. It all exists. We just need to really pay attention to it.”
CANNES, France: Cannes jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu lauded the “communal experience” of watching movies in cinemas as the French film festival, locked in a row with streaming services such as Netflix, got under way on Tuesday.
The Mexican maker of “Birdman” heads up a panel that includes US actress Elle Fanning and “The Favourite” director Yorgos Lanthimos, and will pick the winner of the top Palme d’Or prize on May 25.
At a time when streaming companies are becoming prolific production houses, turning out serious award contenders although no Netflix films were selected to compete at Cannes, Inarritu defended movie theatres.
“I’m a true believer that to watch is not to see a film … Cinema was born to be experienced, in a communal experience,” Inarritu told a news conference.
Inarritu said he did not have anything against “watching something on a phone”, and that the likes of Netflix had helped bring local films to markets such as Mexico.
The US firm backed “Roma”, a family drama that earned Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron an Oscar for best director.
“It’s great that they exist in TV, but why not give people the choice to experience them in the cinema,” Inarritu said.
The spat between Cannes and Netflix over rules dictating that films in competition cannot be streamed for the following three years is expected to dominate discussions at the festival.
Inarritu said the jury would be looking out for the films that struck them the most “emotionally, intellectually” and that disturbed or provoked them.
Big names such as Quentin Tarantino will up be against newcomers, including some presenting their first ever movie, like young French filmmaker Ladj Ly with “Les Miserables”.