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Amazon Studios has five films at the festival, including the opener Woody Allen's 1930s Hollywood romance "Cafe Society" and three films in competition for the Palme d'Or – Jim Jarmusch's well-received blue-collar poet drama "Paterson," Park Chan-wook's sumptuous gothic thriller "The Handmaiden" and Nicolas Winding Refn's fashion-world horror film "The Neon Demon".Amazon has instead sought to pair with independent theatrical distributors, content to have movies hit its streaming service three months later – the traditional rollout, just with Amazon taking the first window in home release.Such an approach not only has benefit for Amazon (theatrical release being the biggest marketing splash for a movie) but it appeals to the kinds of filmmakers Amazon has pursued and landed – directors who want their films on the big screen, too. By pairing with such filmmakers, Amazon Studios is signaling that they're serious about cinema.
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