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

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"And we will be assessing them as filmmakers, as we should be", she said. She was both overwhelmed and disappointed.

"For profound changes to occur, it needs to take place through specific actions", Blanchett said at a press conference in the South of France on Tuesday morning.

If only one woman has won the Palme d'Or it is also because very few of them ever get nominated. "And it was quite disturbing to me, to be honest".

The actress and chair of this year's jury said she would "absolutely" like to see more female directors competing for the festival's Palme d'Or award.

Long before Weinstein had been accused of attacking four women at the festival, Cannes had been under fire for a "problem with women". "And our job, as industry professionals away from the festival, is to work towards change". But that did not stop the Oscar victor from delivering the kind of deft, articulate responses that proved her the flawless leader-no offense, Cannes director Thierry Frémaux-to guide the flawed French festival through its Time's Up-era evolution.

Stewart, a Los Angeles native, was first spotted by a talent scout at age eight and had her breakout role opposite Jodie Foster in the 2002 thriller "Panic Room".

Other stars spotted on the red carpet include Penelope Cruz and Kristen Stewart. He has, after a public scuffle, accepted the absence of Netflix films from the festival after being unable to secure theatrical releases for its entries.

The new "Star Wars" spin-off, "Solo", is the only Hollywood blockbuster in a slightly less starry line-up than usual.

She conceded that the dialogue about women in Hollywood hadn't changed Cannes yet.

Yet some say it's not enough for Cannes to change its clocks.

Of the 21 films in competition this year, only three have female directors.

Pressed by the media on the issue of filmmaker Roman Polanski - who has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but remains a prominent personality in the French film world - Fremaux was less clear. "This year, Cannes welcomed back Danish director Lars von Trier, who's premiering his The House That Jack Built", starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman.

Weinstein, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual impropriety, was a regular fixture at the festival.

Australian actress Cate Blanchett is presdient of this year's Cannes jury.

Three of the films in the competition are directed by women: Nadine Labaki, Eva Husson and Alice Rohrwacher.

The 48-year-old Melbourne-born actress noted there were "several women in competition" at this year's festival.

With so many films by the world's well known filmmakers still at works when the Berlinale announced their selections in January this year, there were wild speculations as to how many of these films will Cannes screen this year. "For me, I don't think that the choice should be made because of that".

1968: Swedish actress and director Mai Zetterling becomes the first woman to be selected for the main competition a second time.

The fate of the festival's closing film, Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which is often referred to as "cursed" as it has been 20 years in the making, is still tied up in litigation.

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