>> Netflix, bus stops, and technical glitches. Cannes 70th Film Festival getting off to an awkward start. Followed by big dresses, famous faces, tattoos and master of ceremonies, Monica Bellucci, kissing her co-host as she kicked it all off. Reuters' Jason Mansurrey is at the harbor in Cannes.>> The spat between Netflix and French theaters has cast a shadow in the lead up to the festival.
But after Wednesday's opening night, the competition is in full swing and the focus returns to the movies themselves. There's no big Hollywood blockbusters this year, but as always there's a rich line up of art house movies.>> The row started after Netflix refused to screen its movies in French theaters.
It's Netflix's first time in the festival, but that decision may have made it their last. As a member of this year's competition jury, Will Smith, weighing in on the drama.>> In my home, Netflix has had absolutely no effect on what they go to the movie theater to watch.
They go to the movie theatre to be humbled.>> For now though, Netflix is still in the running and with two movies widely tipped for the Palme d'Or top prize.>> I took nature.>> The competition kicking off with the first of those. Okja, starring starring Tilda Swinton as a corporate scientist whose company tries to kidnap a fantastical beast.
The film was keenly anticipated for it's stellar cast and director, but the crowd was booing before it even started, when the Netflix logo hit the screen. Despite then less and desirable start, the screening ended with hearty applause. Another well received film was period drama Wonder Struck, in which Julianne Moore plays a deaf woman.
One of the more unusual entries was Jupiter's Moon, a story about the European migration crisis, in which a Syrian refugee is gunned down by border police and then finds he can fly.