Martin Scorsese and Cate Blanchett open Cannes 2018

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Competing for the Palme are 21 films, including new releases from directors Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski (the Oscar-winning “Ida”) and Jean-Luc Godard. 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. 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. “It isn’t just the Cannes Film Festival that’s going to change,” he said Tuesday. Not specifically,” the Australian actress said. “Is (#MeToo) going to have a direct impact on the film in competition this year, six nine months on? Also likely absent from Cannes will be two filmmakers living under house arrest in their home countries. Asked if improving gender equality at the festival also means pulling back on the lavish red carpets that are part fashion show, Blanchett said no. It was film that allows me to assert my voice in the world.”
Before the festival began, controversy dominated the Cannes landscape. And much of the spotlight on opening day belonged to Blanchett. Also making a return to Cannes is Star Wars. Three of the films in the competition are directed by women: Nadine Labaki, Eva Husson and Alice Rohrwacher. A prominent member of the Time’s Up initiative, Blanchett told reporters that the #MeToo movement will play a role in this and every following Cannes festival, but won’t factor into their deliberations. It was film that did that. This is, by its very nature, a glamorous, fantastic, spectacular festival,” Blanchett said. We will assess them as filmmakers, as we should.”
Still, the shadow of disgraced film mogul Weinstein is looming over this year’s Cannes. DuVernay, the filmmaker of Selma and the Netflix documentary “13th,” said that the power of movies is the ability to “speak to each other through cinema.”
“Cinema is voice,” DuVernay said. Weinstein is alleged to have raped Italian filmmaker and actress Asia Argento at the 1997 Cannes festival. 2018-05-09T11:01:14+05:30″>
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Director Martin Scorsese and jury president Cate Blanchett appear on stage at the opening ceremony of the 71st Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by AP)
“Being attractive doesn’t preclude being intelligent. They are there because of the quality of their work. Cannes has come under criticism for years for not selecting more women directors. Jury president Cate Blanchett at the opening ceremony of the 71st Cannes Film Festival. The Han Solo spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story is set for an international premiere on May 15. “The whole world has changed.” Others have pressured Cannes to confront its role in the scandal. The festival has asked that Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov and Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi be given permission to attend the premieres of their films, but that appears unlikely. “Would I like to see more women in competition? In the festival’s Un Certain Regard section is Rifiki, a lesbian romance from Kenya that has already been banned at home. This year, Cannes has established a hotline for sexual harassment victims at the festival. Our role is to, in this next almost two weeks, is deal with what’s in front of us.”
Director Martin Scorsese poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony of the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Juries, she noted, have in recent years been split equally, with the president tilting the scales. Scorsese, who won the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, for Taxi Driver, was in Cannes for an anniversary screening of his 1973 breakthrough Mean Streets. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Several Netflix titles, including Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and the recently completed Orson Welles film “The Other Side of the Wind,” had been expected to premiere this year. “There are several women in competition. Absolutely. 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.”
Those will include all five female members of the jury: Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Burundian songwriter Khadja Nin. Faced with the prospect of only showing its films out of competition, Netflix withdrew its films from Cannes. After two Netflix films played in competition as last year’s Cannes festival — prompting protests from French exhibitors — the Cannes board of directors ruled that a film in competition at Cannes must have French distribution. “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. (Photo by AP)

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The 71st edition of the glamorous French Riviera extravaganza of cinema and celebrity — and the first of the post-Harvey Weinstein #MeToo era — kicked off with the Spanish-language debut of Farhadi, the Iranian filmmaker, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Blanchett noted the festival has improved the gender parity of its selection committees. Brought out to officially open the festival, he gestured for Blanchett to join him in the middle of the Palais des Festivals’ stage. His film — The House That Jack Built — stars Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman. French law prevents a film that plays in theaters to appear on streaming services for three years. Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sex. For two decades, Weinstein had been an omnipresent figure at the festival, where several of his alleged sex crimes took place. There was something outside of my purview to orient me to my place in the world. Lasting change, Blanchett said, will only occur through specific actions over time to narrow the gender gap and improve diversity in the world of filmmaking. I hope so,” Blanchett said. “But we’re dealing with what we have that’s here. Would I expect and hope that that’s going to happen in the future? 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. “What emerged in Cannes must be fought in Cannes,” said Marlene Schiappa, France’s secretary of state in charge of gender equality. Also on the jury that will decide this year’s Palme d’Or are Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, French director Robert Guediguian and Chinese actor Chang Chen. Only one female filmmaker, Jane Campion, has won the Palme. But they’re not there because of their gender. Since then, both sides have expressed some regret over the high-profile disagreement.