Cannes: Jury Downplays Role of Politics, #MeToo in Picking Palme d'Or

09 May, 2018, 01:18 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Deepika padukone at Cannes Film Festival 2017

He and other executives behind the annual movie gathering, held on the French Riviera, are planning to make this year's event a female-friendly one, setting up a telephone hotline for victims of sexual harassment and abuse to report their experiences - and on Monday, May 07, Fremaux and his team instituted even more sweeping changes in a bid to help support gender equality. Of course that's going on in our industry. This year's honour will go to actress Cate Blanchett whilst three of the 21 films chosen to compete for the famous Palme d'Or prize are directed by women. They are there because of the quality of their work. Blanchett said. "Absolutely." She added that she "hoped" would happen in the future.

Although, there are claims that Blanchett's appointment is as result of the rape allegation and critics are calling it a PR fix, Fremaux said, "She was first and foremost elected president because she is a great actress". Blanchett said with a raised eyebrow to fellow jury members Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart (an actress who has recently moved into directing).

The news conference was the last time the five-women, four-men jury will speak to the media until the end of the fortnight of movie screenings which begins on Tuesday with "Everybody Knows", a Spanish-language drama starring Penelpo Cruz and Javier Bardem, written and directed by the Iranian Asghar Farhadi. It will conclude on May 19. And he has brought Star Warsback to Cannes for the megawatt premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Questions of gender equality are especially pointed at Cannes, which for the last 20 years had been a seaside playground for Harvey Weinstein, long one of the festival's most ubiquitous operators. "It has been irritating to me to think that I'm in Cannes because I'm a woman filmmaker and that now, with everything that's happening, the world has made a decision to put females in the spotlight".

Does feminism clash with the glamorous side of Cannes -the red carpet, for instance? 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.

The film festival will not only bring Vietnamese cinema closer to the worldwide friends but also help popularise the country's tourism and culture. Sergei Loznitsa, another big name in the worldwide film scene leads the Un Certain Regard section where Nandita Das' MANTO will also be screened. The Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is set for an worldwide premiere on May 15.

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