Cannes is preparing to open 71 global film festival

Cannes is preparing to open 71 global film festival

Cannes is preparing to open 71 global film festival

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.

The 71st Cannes Film Festival will run from May 8-19 and follows allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein that sparked last year's #MeToo campaign, in which women and men shared their experiences of harassment.

Three of the 21 films competing for the Palme d'Or this year were directed by women.

Blanchett said with a raised eyebrow to fellow jury members Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart (an actress who has recently moved into directing). "There will be more and more (female filmmakers) in the future".

Peter Howell sneaks a selfie in front of the Palais des Festival at the 71st worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France. "The one thing I really took from this experience is how the world views women, from the female characters that I saw represented".

Only four of the 111 winners have been female - and two of them were previous year when Sofia Coppola became only the second woman to secure the best director trophy with her American Civil War drama "The Beguiled".

From a hotline to report harassers at the event to flyers urging participants to behave properly, Marlene Schiappa hopes to use the glitz and glamour of Cannes to ramp up the pressure. Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sex. "Being attractive doesn't preclude being intelligent", she said. "I think this is by its very nature a glamorous, fantastic, spectacular festival full of joie de vivre, full of great, good humor, full of discord and disharmony". "And next year will be episode three", he said.

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. Two filmmakers in competition - Iran's Jafar Panahi and Russia's Kirill Serebrennikov_ are living under house arrest in their home countries.

The India Pavilion will also see the launch of T for Tajmahal, poster of Bhonsle by actor Manoj Bajpayee and producer Devashish Makhija and actor Dhanush-starrer Indo-French co-production The Extraordinary Journey Of Fakir.

But Weinstein isn't the only alleged abuser who's been celebrated at Cannes - this year the festival will welcome back director Lars Von-Trier after a seven-year ban. She's here with Les Filles du Soleil (Girls of the Sun), based on a true story; it stars Golshifteh Farahani and Emmanuelle Bercot in a war drama about an all-female battalion seeking to retake a Kurdish town once held by militants for Daesh, also known as ISIS.

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