Cannes to mark movie industry changes with '100 women' moment

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Blanchett said she would "absolutely" want to see more women in competition at the annual gala. A concord would make the world "terribly boring", she added. "Our job is to deal with what is in front of us".

Fremaux asserted that the festival is doing its best to improve the gender ratio in its selections and committees. Juries, she noted, have in recent years been split equally, with the president tilting the scales. Only one female filmmaker, Jane Campion, has won the Palme.

Chuyen, born in 1968, has been popular with "Choi voi" (Lonely) which won the Fipresci International Critics Prize at the 66th Venice Film Festival and "Cuoc xe dem" (Night Run) which won the Cinefoundation's third prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

"Is (#MeToo) going to have a direct impact upon the films in competition this year, six, nine months on?" But they're not there due to their gender. They are there because of the quality of their work.

Still, the shadow of disgraced film mogul Weinstein is looming over this year's Cannes.

Two-time Oscar-winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett will head the jury at the film festival.

Fremaux and the other organisers also plan to set up a specific telephone hotline so that victims of sexual harassment and abuse are able to report what happened to them.

Fremaux also announced that Saturday at Cannes, about 100 women will walk the red carpet in a symbolic gesture to "affirm their presence".

Other stars spotted on the red carpet include Penelope Cruz and Kristen Stewart. How has it changed the film industry?

"Not only Cannes, but the whole world changed last September..."

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In October 2017, as the Weinstein scandal unfolded, the Cannes Film Festival published a statement saying, "These actions point to a pattern of behavior that merits only the clearest and most unequivocal condemnation".

Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

"What emerged in Cannes must be fought in Cannes", said Marlene Schiappa, France's secretary of state in charge of gender equality. But before that, we will see Cannes regular Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, attracting spotlight with her appearance at the French Riviera on the May 12 and 13. "This is, by its very nature, a glamorous, fantastic, spectacular festival", said Blanchett. "It's the way that I - from where I'm from: Compton, California - was able to understand the humanity of a family in Iran or in Shanghai". "The one thing I really took from this experience is how the world views women, from the female characters that I saw represented". It was film that did that. "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".

The film festival will not only bring Vietnamese cinema closer to the worldwide friends but also help popularise the country's tourism and culture.

Only four of the 111 winners have been female - and two of them were past year when Sofia Coppola became only the second woman to secure the best director trophy with her American Civil War drama "The Beguiled". French law prevents a film that plays in theaters from appearing on streaming services for three years.

The case heard Monday is a special emergency proceeding about the film's scheduled showing at Cannes.

Since then, both sides have expressed some regret over the high-profile disagreement.

Fellow Iranian Director Jafar Panahi and Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov, who are also competing for the Palme d'Or, will be unable to attend the fest due to restrictions imposed by their countries. Sergei Loznitsa, another big name in the worldwide film scene leads the Un Certain Regard section where Nandita Das' MANTO will also be screened.

Cate is set to hit the big screen alongside Jack Black in the upcoming horror film The House With a Clock In Its Walls.