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Gus Van Sant discusses 'Sea of Trees' and Netflix's Ted Sarandos comes under fire from European film protectionists.

The Hollywood Reporter's fourth daily issue at the festival features an interview with Sea of Trees director Gus Van Sant, a recap of Netflix's Ted Sarandos controversial talk at Cannes and reviews of some of the fest's interesting films.

Gus Van Sant on Casting McConaughey, Exploring Suicide in 'Sea of Trees' (Q&A)

The director guides Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe through an existential drama set in a forest full of metaphoric meaning near the base of Japan’s Mt. Fuji (Naomi Watts also stars).

Netflix's Ted Sarandos Heckled at Cannes: "You Will Destroy the Film Ecosystem in Europe"

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos came under fire from European film protectionists during his keynote at the Cannes Film Festival. When the floor was opened to questions, one French reporter asked Sarandos "if he was aware" that within "5, 10, 15 years," the Netflix model would "destroy the film ecosystem in Europe."

Reviews

Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose first three films Kinetta, Oscar-nominee Dogtooth and Alps have raised a cult following around the world, makes a practically effortless transition to the big leagues with his latest, the hilarious and haunting surreal parable The Lobster.

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