Blanchett thinks #MeToo will take time to bring change in Hollywood

09 May, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Norman Carr
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Despite the "female majority" jury, the irony of just three women directors competing for the top award - Eva Husson for Girls of the Sun, Nadine Labaki for Capernaum and Alice Rohrwacher for Lazzro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro) - wasn't lost on many.

Blanchett, a prominent member of the Time's Up initiative, said the #MeToo movement will play a role in this and every following Cannes festival but will not factor into their deliberations.

"Do I think it will happen more in the future?" A concord would make the world "terribly boring", she added. "But we're dealing with what we have that's here. Our role is to, in this next nearly two weeks, is deal with what's in front of us".

There are 21 films in the main competition vying for the prestigious Palme d'Or.

Fremaux asserted that the festival is doing its best to improve the gender ratio in its selections and committees. I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year's jury.

As we know that women have been stopped on the Cannes red carpet in previous years for not wearing high heels, and its dress code has been condemned as sexist. Only one female filmmaker, Jane Campion, has won the Palme.

The director and screenwriter, whose update of the sci-fi classic "Blade Runner 2049" picked up two Oscars this year, is a frequent guest of the festival. She praised efforts to address the gender gap and increase diversity in filmmaking, but said political considerations would not play a role in selecting the victor of the 71st Cannes festival.

"Would I like to see more women in competition?" They are there because of the quality of their work.

Thierry Fremaux, in lengthy, impassioned comments, promised that the festival — long known as a playground for disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein — would adapt to the world's shifting cultural landscape.


Jury member Kristen Stewart arrives for the photo call for the jury at the 71st worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

"Not only Cannes, but the whole world changed last September..."

With the obvious barriers in place, Cannes 2018 is the highly messed up scandal of the year, as reported by The New Indian Express.

In October 2017, as the Weinstein scandal unfolded, the Cannes Film Festival published a statement saying, "These actions point to a pattern of behavior that merits only the clearest and most unequivocal condemnation". Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sex.

This year, the festival is tackling the issue of gender equality and the fight against abuse. Blanchett asked. "Not specifically". Ms. Blanchett was quick to point out that being attractive and intelligent is not mutually exclusive. "This is, by its very nature, a glamorous, fantastic, spectacular festival", said Blanchett. Cannes blocked Netflix from attending, by mandating that all films in competition must have theatrical distribution in France.

The other members of the jury include Kristen Stewart and Ava DuVernay, Denis Villeneuve, French actress Lea Seydoux, Taiwanese actor Chang Chen, Burundian singer Khadja Nin, French writer Robert Guediguian and Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev. "It's the way that I - from where I'm from: Compton, California - was able to understand the humanity of a family in Iran or in Shanghai". It was film that did that.

Before the festival began, controversy dominated the Cannes landscape.

Netflix in turn withdrew its films altogether — including Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" and the Orson Welles film "The Other Side of the Wind" — in a public spat that Reed Hastings, Netflix's chief executive, recently expressed regret over.

While we can not wait to see what the Fanne Khan actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has in store for us as Cannes 2018 red carpet rolls out on May 8, here is a throwback video of when Ash did something truly unbelievable and heart melting for her Indian fans in southern France. Two filmmakers in competition - Iran's Jafar Panahi and Russia's Kirill Serebrennikov_ are living under house arrest in their home countries. Sergei Loznitsa, another big name in the global film scene leads the Un Certain Regard section where Nandita Das' MANTO will also be screened. Von Trier, who was declared "persona non grata" at the festival in 2011 after making sympathetic comments about Nazis, was last fall accused by Bjork of sexual harassing her on the set of Dancer in the Dark, a charge von Trier denied. And he has brought Star Warsback to Cannes for the megawatt premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is set for an worldwide premiere on May 15.

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