Stars gather at Cannes for the first festival since the Weinstein scandal

Stars gather at Cannes for the first festival since the Weinstein scandal

While it is unfortunate that they couldn't be here, she stressed that what they had would be judging for "is not Nobel Peace Prize but Palme D'Or". The star spoke eloquently about perceptions of women in film, discussing gender parity, racial diversity and how "being attractive doesn't preclude being intelligent". Only then can it have a direct impact on the films and the way they are made, she said.

"For profound changes to occur, it needs to take place through specific actions", Blanchett said at a press conference in the South of France on Tuesday morning.

When the jury was asked about the fact that only three of the 21 films in competition were directed by women, Blanchett responded, "A few years ago there were only two, and I know the selection committee has more women on board than in previous years, which will obviously change the lens through which the films are chosen". They are not there due to their gender.

Meanwhile, Cate previously admitted she feels "humbled" to have be named as chair for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival jury.

They include French director Eva Husson whose film "Girls of the Sun" will be screened on Saturday evening after the women's march.

She added: "Would I like to see more women in competition?"

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"It's very hard to sit in judgement of other artists. that is going to be the most challenging, most painful moment for all of us", said Blanchett.

As a jury, though, Blanchett said, "We are dealing with what we have this year, and our role in the next nearly two weeks is to deal with what is in front of us".

Kristen Stewart, one of the five women on the nine-person jury, noted that in judging this year's Palme d'Or, the "topical nature of films" was important, but "it is more important that in 10 years' time [the film] will still stand up".

The announcement came on the eve of the opening of the world's biggest film festival, which like the rest of the cinema industry has been profoundly shaken by the scandal engulfing Hollywood tycoon Harvey Weinstein.

The festival's director Thierry Fremaux said on Monday that "cinema has always been in the hands of men". "They're there because of the quality of their work".

Serious doubts also hang over whether Gilliam's Pythonesque movie will be allowed to close the festival after it became embroiled in a bitter legal battle over who owns the rights.

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1965: Olivia de Havilland is named the first female president of the jury.

On the Netflix debate, DuVernay only referenced the situation vaguely.

Faced with the prospect of only showing its films out of competition, Netflix withdrew its films from Cannes. And he has brought Star Warsback to Cannes for the megawatt premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

But Danish provocateur filmmaker Lars von Trier will return to Cannes seven years after being declared "persona non grata" for joking about being a Nazi and having sympathy for Hitler.

Pointedly though, he has not risked giving von Trier a press conference this time for his new serial killer flick, "The House That Jack Built" with Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon.

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