“I’m a true believer to watch is not to see a film,” Cannes jury president Alejandro G. Iñárritu explained. “To watch is something. To see is another thing. To see is to not to experience. Cinema was born to be experienced in a communal experience.”
The first jury president from Mexico in Cannes history, waded into the streaming versus screening debate at the French film fest. The director expressed his admiration for the access new media has provided fresh talent. From phones to television screens, Iñárritu praised the ability to generate new work, however he was passionate about saving the “communal experience” of theater.
He praised Netflix for funding so many projects, but ultimately, Iñárritu doesn’t think the streaming giant could ever replace the theatrical experience.
“I have nothing against watching on a phone, on an iPad, on a computer,” Iñárritu said. “But I know watching a film there is not the same … Netflix is doing a great job. It’s great that they exist on TV. Why not give people the choice to experience cinema?”
Iñárritu appeared with eight other members of this year’s Cannes jury, including directors Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”), Kelly Reichardt (“Wendy and Lucy”), Robin Campillo (120 BPM), Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”) and actress Elle Fanning.