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Scandal, protesting stars and bans as Cannes festival opens
Blanchett, however, made the point that "a few years ago [in 2015], there were only two". She was both overwhelmed and disappointed.
They said it was "necessary" to rethink the programme, adding: "The underlying logic was based..." Only one female filmmaker, Jane Campion, has won the Palme. "And it was quite disturbing to me, to be honest".
Asghar Farhadi's Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, kicks off the Cannes competition Tuesday night. "And our job, as industry professionals away from the festival, is to work towards change". "It will be a march dedicated to the women of cinema", Cannes director Thierry Fremaux has said.
Stewart, a Los Angeles native, was first spotted by a talent scout at age eight and had her breakout role opposite Jodie Foster in the 2002 thriller "Panic Room". He has, after a public scuffle, accepted the absence of Netflix films from the festival after being unable to secure theatrical releases for its entries. The Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is set for an worldwide premiere on May 15. It will also hold a special red carpet on Saturday with about 100 women attending, which festival director Thierry Fremaux said is "to affirm their presence".
Fremaux says the Weinstein sex abuse allegations came as a shock to Cannes, forcing the festival to examine its own practices and do more to improve gender equality.
The other members of the jury that will award this year's Palme d'Or are French actress Lea Seydoux, Taiwanese actor Chang Chen, Burundian singer Khadja Nin, French writer Robert Guediguian and Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev.
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In fact, there are only three women directors in competition this year: Lebanon's Nadine Labaki with Capernaum, France's Eva Husson for Girls of the Sun, and Italian Alice Rohrwacher with Lazzaro Felice.
On the opening ceremony's carefully choreographed red carpet, one of the festival's numerous modifications this year - a ban on selfies - was broken by some attendees who attempted to take photographs with their phones.
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The three A-listers are all on the Cannes jury for the 2018 film festival but will miss the annual fashion event at New York's Metropolitan museum, hosted by Anna Wintour.
Also likely absent from Cannes will be two filmmakers living under house arrest in their home countries. Chastain, while not connected with any film playing at the festival this year, will in a way still be influencing the conversation. Speaking about the somewhat ridiculous task of picking the "best" piece of work in a medium so subjective, Blanchett said, "You have to accept that the task is impossible. without having a single conversation about any of the films here, I can say that we will disappoint and confound".
For even veterans of Cannes, this year will look and feel different. "But I've never been on the red carpet at the Grand Palais with a Wookiee and some Stormtroopers".