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Jury members Khadja Nin, from left, Lea Seydoux, Cate Blanchett, Ava DuVernay and Kristen Stewart pose for photographers during a photo call for the jury at the 71st worldwide film festival, Cannes, France, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. "We have to include women and look for diversity". Brought out to officially open the festival, he gestured for Blanchett to join him in the middle of the Palais des Festivals' stage. However, this year's jury president is Cate Blanchett, only the 12th woman in festival history to hold the position, as Variety reported in January.

Thierry Fremaux, Cannes director, on Tuesday told a press conference in the French Riviera that, "It will be a march dedicated to the women of cinema".

But Blanchett said the increased awareness of women's issues would have "no direct impact" on who wins.

Blanchett also revealed, "I wouldn't do what he was asking me to do", but declined to specify. "And he said, 'We do [have that]'". Von Trier will premiere The House That Jack Built out of Competition; the film stars Matt Dillon as a high-IQ serial killer who murders scores of women over 12 years (Uma Thurman plays one of his potential victims). Absolutely. Do I expect and hope that's going to happen in the future?

Once shooting wrapped, the filmmaker found herself with 500 hours of rushes, and so began a year and a half of "non-stop editing, when every day we wouldn't stop before two o'clock in the morning".

Let us think of all the wonderful films served in Cannes and savour them instead of nitpicking and worrying about what is not there. "But we're dealing with what we have that's here".

Iranian prodigy Samira Makhmalbaf snagged the prestigious Jury Prize twice, first for her 2000 breakthrough feature "Blackboards" and again three years later for "At Five in the Afternoon".

After Villeneuve offered his take, Blanchett added her own eloquent response. Several of his reported sex crimes are said to have taken place there.

Kristen Stewart is on the jury of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and she just arrived in town for the festival! "Or six, nine months on?"

The movie industry should also "call time on films which fetishise violence against women and promote a toxic version of masculinity, and instead create art which challenges gender stereotypes and shifts social norms", she said by email. They are here because of the quality of work.

But others defend Cannes, saying this year's edition, which opened yesterday and runs till May 19, is the most political in years.

"It's a level playing field, isn't it? He was punished, and (festival president) Pierre Lescure along with the board decided that the punishment had lasted long enough", Fremaux said.

All of the jury members were asked to define what makes a great Palme d'Or victor.

Asked if he ever sexually harassed or acted inappropriately with her, she said: "Yes".

And the task of picking a Palme victor won't be easy, she added: "It's very hard to sit in judgment of another artist".

"It's frightful to lend this such importance. The fascinating and wonderful thing about Cannes is that you have a set of people-practitioners, artists-in the jury, then you have the critics' response, and then you have the audience. each of those groups of people might find something different".

The film is one of 21 vying for the Palme d'Or at the first Cannes festival since sexual abuse and harassment allegations rocked the global movie industry and gave birth to the MeToo campaign to get greater female participation in films. "I'm much more process-driven".

And of course, he also spoke about outlawing selfies from the red carpet. That may be the case, and the festival may very well do similar. A concord would make the world "terribly boring", she added.



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