Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Hollywood Stars To Stage Sexual Assault Protest On Cannes Red Carpet

Hollywood Stars To Stage Sexual Assault Protest On Cannes Red Carpet

However, the festival's organisers said that because of the rise of "social media" critics, who did not necessarily respect embargoes on publication of reviews, the film's creators were increasingly reading bad reviews before they attended the glitzy premieres.

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.

The affair has prompted the film festival to set up an anti-sexual harassment hotline this year.

Such was the refreshing, no-nonsense tone that Blanchett set Tuesday at the Palais des Festivals and Congresses. And much of the spotlight on opening day belonged to Blanchett.

But her career made a quantum leap when, at 17, she played broody teen Bella Swan who falls in love with a vampire in the "Twilight" films. But these things are not going to happen overnight. would I like to see more women in competition? Blanchett said. "Absolutely." She added that she "hoped" would happen in the future. Blanchett said. "Not specifically. We will deal with we have in hand", she elaborated further. "Our role is to, in this next nearly two weeks, is deal with what's in front of us".

Among the films vying for the Palme are Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's The Wild Pear Treeand David Robert Mitchell's Under the Silver Lake, with Andrew Garfield.

The protesters will include: 100 top actresses and female film directors.

This year's jury is headed by Cate Blanchett, an outspoken member of the Time's Up movement.

2017: Sofia Coppola becomes the second woman to win Cannes' best director award, which she receives for "The Beguiled".

"There will be more and more [female filmmakers] in the future", Fremaux said, noting that at this year's festival a group of about 100 women will walk the red carpet as a group in a gesture meant to "affirm their presence". The star spoke eloquently about perceptions of women in film, discussing gender parity, racial diversity and how "being attractive doesn't preclude being intelligent".

When the jury was asked about the fact that only three of the 21 films in competition were directed by women, Blanchett responded, "A few years ago there were only two, and I know the selection committee has more women on board than in previous years, which will obviously change the lens through which the films are chosen". But they're not there due to their gender. They are here because of the quality of work. Kristen Stewart - now an established Cannes favourite - spoke cryptically of her plan to assess the films.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux told reporters Monday that it was ironic that both Iran and Russian Federation should be "punishing the directors when neither film is political".

But Fremaux's surprise decision to lift the festival's seven-year ban on Danish director Lars von Trier has stoked feminist ire.

Though Ms Blanchett and other members of the jury said the films will be judged on their own merit, it's going to be hard to ignore the extraneous and intrinsic factors that accompany many.

Others have pressured Cannes to confront its role in the scandal.

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