Is Cannes ready to adapt to the age of #MeToo?

Emmett Rice
May 9, 2018

Thierry Fremaux said Monday that the festival would improve the male-to-female ratios of its selection committees, name more women as jury president and in the future select more films directed by women.

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"Having attended previous Cannes Film Festivals as an actress, Blanchett said that awards are not the end-all, be-all: "[In past years] I'm not just interested in the film that won the prize, but one that I've heard about by word of an artist myself, I'm actually not that focused on the awards. Weinstein is alleged to have raped Italian filmmaker and actress Asia Argento at the 1997 Cannes festival. "And we will be assessing them as filmmakers, as we should be", she said. "From couture to T-shirts, landfills are full of garments that have been unnecessarily discarded", Blanchett says.

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"No, it has nothing to do with that", she chimed in, saying that the film is "about a child who is basically asking his parents, 'Why did you bring me into this world if you're not capable of caring for me, and you're not capable of loving me?" Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sex. Questions of gender equality are especially pointed at Cannes, which for the last 20 years had been a seaside playground for Harvey Weinstein, long one of the festival's most ubiquitous operators.

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Taiwanese actor Chang Chen, singer-songwriter Khadja Nin and Loveless director Andrei Zvyagintsev comprise the rest of the jury.

"A few years ago there were only two!" That may be the case, and the festival may very well do similar.

He agreed that the distribution mechanism for regional cinema isn't great within India itself, but said things are changing due to streaming platforms like Amazon and Netflix, which have enabled their global reach. Netflix was planning on debuting Orson Welles' final movie "The Other Side of the Wind" out of competition, but the plan was abandoned when the company chose to pull out of the festival. Iranian director Jafar Panahi and his Russian counterpart Kirill Serebrennikov are in the running for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize - even though neither can leave their home country. 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.

Von Trier was also reinstituted this year after being banned from the festival Cannes ban in 2011 for joking about being a Nazi and having sympathy for Hitler.

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