MeToo will not sway Cannes film contest, says jury head Blanchett

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However, the press conference made it clear that gender, diversity or political factors won't be the determinants in the choice of the Palme d'Or victor.

The most political Cannes film festival in years opens late Tuesday with female stars vowing to protest on the red carpet against industry sexism, with two top directors barred from attending and bans hanging over some movies.

This year, the festival has established a hotline for sexual harassment victims at Cannes. Blanchett said she would "absolutely" like to see more female directors in competition and pointed to changes in the Cannes selection process - a majority of the members of the festival's selection committee are now women - as a hopeful sign. They are there because of the quality of their work.

Meanwhile, Cate previously admitted she feels "humbled" to have be named as chair for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival jury. So have we failed already? "But we're dealing with what we have that's here".

The question of gender discrepancies for its top prize is also being debated at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

Mr. Villeneuve pointed out that it is a wave, a movement, that will take time to reflect positively on cinema.

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.

"Is (MeToo) going to have a direct impact upon the films in competition this year, six, nine months on?"

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. Ms. Blanchett was quick to point out that being attractive and intelligent is not mutually exclusive.

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They said it was "necessary" to rethink the programme, adding: "The underlying logic was based..."

Ms. Khadja Nin aligned the issue of racism with gender, referring to the 16 French actresses talking about their life in cinema in the collaborative book Black is not my Job. "They will be walking the red carpet and we will be there to support them", she said.

In a formal statement issued hours later, the festival said: "Because the time has come to speak out, and because there must be zero tolerance with sexual harassment or abuse of any kind, the Festival de Cannes, in partnership with the French Ministry of Gender Equality, has chose to take a firm approach to preventing sexual harassment, and to stand shoulder to shoulder with victims".