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Bardem and Cruz walk the red carpet to open Cannes Film Festival

Bardem and Cruz walk the red carpet to open Cannes Film Festival

Particularly in today's climate, it seems wilful and ridiculous that such garments are not cherished and re-worn for a lifetime.', says Blanchett.

Just one of the three women competing for the Palme has done so previously. "And it was quite disturbing to me, to be honest".

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein once held court like a king at the Cannes film festival, but this year it is his absence that will loom large over the competition. Cannes remains perhaps the most supreme and heightened realm of moviedom, but its rarified stature has been increasingly challenged by both the era of #MeToo and the age of Netflix. In an "unscheduled" press conference on Monday, festival director Thierry Fremaux said that the new changes were meant to help "keep pace with a world that's changing", the Associated Press reported.

There were rumours as early as the spring of a year ago that Capharnaum would be in Cannes.

She has the top job as the president of the jury at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. 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.

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Her first, Caramel, premiered in the Director's Fortnight sidebar in 2007, while Where Do We Go Now? was screened in Un Certain Regard in 2011.

Rachel Krys, co-director of End Violence Against Women Coalition, welcomed the Cannes hotline.

The festival tried until the very last minute to have the film premiere in the Competition but Netflix, which has decided not to bring any of its titles to Cannes this year, refused to yield. For that to happen, however, Cannes rules would have to be changed.

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.

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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In a separate section, German veteran Wim Wenders will be showing his documentary, "Pope Francis - A Man of his Word", while the latest Star Wars spin-off focusing on Han Solo, "Solo: A Star Wars Story", will celebrate its premiere, adding stars to the festival's legendary red carpet.

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". Her jury of nine includes Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Burundian singer Khadja Nin.

Of the main award, Blanchett wryly noted that "this isn't the Nobel Peace Prize, this is the Palme d'Or".

Blanchett said she would "absolutely" want to see more women in competition at the annual gala. So going by the final selections we have them all, starting with the octogenarian Jean Luc Godard to Asghar Farhadi, Matteo Garrone, Stephan Brize, Jia Zhang Ke, Koreeda Hirokazu, Nadine Labaki, Lee Chang Dong, Spike Lee, Jafar Panahi and Terry Gilliam.

Cannes has come under criticism for years for not choosing more women directors. "And our job, as industry professionals away from the festival, is to work towards change".

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Others have pressured Cannes to confront its role in the scandal. For two decades, Weinstein had been an omnipresent figure at the festival, where several of his alleged sex crimes took place.


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