Speaking at a news conference with the other jury members, he said he was ''excited'' and ready to ''learn''. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Speaking at a news conference with the other jury members, he said he was "excited" and ready to "learn". The twice Oscar-nominated Smith said he had hesitated about accepting the job as a Cannes judge when he realised the time commitment - almost two weeks - and would spend most of that time watching films. The president of the jury, Pedro Almodovar, the Spanish director who has been in competition at Cannes four times, said he hoped to discover a cinematic "miracle". Both Almodovar and Smith weighed in on the issue that has dominated conversations so far at Cannes - the inclusion in the competition of Netflix films which will be streamed to subscribers and not shown in movie theatres in France. The festival runs until May 28.