Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Kristen Stewart Attends a Cannes Jury Dinner

Kristen Stewart Attends a Cannes Jury Dinner

"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".

"It's addressing the gender gap and it's addressing the racial diversity and the equality and it's the way we make our work ..." Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

"The entire world has changed since last September", added Fremaux, referring to allegations of sexual abuse in the film and entertainment business.

Two women are chosen for the main competition for the first time: Carmen Tocano for the documentary "Memories of a Mexican" (which she co-directed with her father Salvador) and Japanese actor-director Kinuyo Tanaka (above) with "Love Letter".

Blanchett said with a raised eyebrow to fellow jury members Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart (an actress who has recently moved into directing).

In a year dominated by the #MeToo movement, the number of female filmmakers at the film fest is higher than many years, but there's still a long way to go in the battle of the sexes.

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Just one of the three women competing for the Palme has done so previously.

But her own pioneering ways over the past decade have always been inspired by a sense of belonging to a cinematic community, regardless of her gender, and her next statement proves that, as she says: "I'm proud to be a filmmaker period". "We learnt about it from the media", said local hospitality union head Alain Lahouti, a sentiment echoed by others AFP spoke to in Cannes. Weinstein has denied the accusation.

Asked if he ever sexually harassed or acted inappropriately with her, she said: "Yes. This is, by its very nature, a glamorous, fantastic, spectacular festival", Blanchett said. This year is episode two. French law prevents a film that plays in theaters to appear on streaming services for three years.

"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.

And of course, he also spoke about outlawing selfies from the red carpet. And he has brought Star Warsback to Cannes for the megawatt premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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