Joaquin Phoenix

Cannes a coming-out party for Amazon Studios

The party, stocked with pretty people and schmoozing filmmakers, looked like any other at the Cannes Film Festival except for the neon lights on the wall that glowed "Amazon Studios."

Cannes has been a coming-out party for the upstart digital distributor, which feted its big year at a soiree Sunday night. 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...