Stars gather at Cannes for the first festival since the Weinstein scandal

Mahira Khan will be the first Pakistani representative of a makeup brand at Cannes red carpet. She will join the Indian contingent of Kangana Ranaut Deepika Padukone Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Mahira Khan will be the first Pakistani representative of a makeup brand at Cannes red carpet. She will join the Indian contingent of Kangana Ranaut Deepika Padukone Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

While Fremaux reiterated his stance that festival selections should be considered only by their artistic quality and not their filmmaker's gender, he said 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. "Harmony can't always be creative", she said.

Blanchett, a prominent member of the Time's Up initiative, said the #MeToo movement will play a role in this and every following Cannes festival but will not factor into their deliberations.

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

This year, the festival has established a hotline for sexual harassment victims at Cannes.

The festival organisers have introduced changes to screening schedules to prevent filmmakers and actors suffering the embarrassment of knowing before they attend the film's premiere that it has been derided as a turkey.

At 32, Seydoux is one of France's best-known actresses with a Palme d'Or already under her belt.

"Is (MeToo) going to have a direct impact upon the films in competition this year, six, nine months on?"

Despite the "female majority" jury, the irony of just three women directors competing for the top award - Eva Husson for Girls of the Sun, Nadine Labaki for Capernaum and Alice Rohrwacher for Lazzro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro) - wasn't lost on many. Weinstein is alleged to have raped Italian filmmaker and actress Asia Argento at the 1997 Cannes festival. "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 chose to put females in the spotlight".

Of the 21 films vying for the Palme d'Or, only three are directed by women, the same as last year's festival which happened before the sexual abuse and harassment allegations that gave birth to a global campaign to get greater female participation in the film business. Several Netflix titles, including Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" and the recently completed Orson Welles film "The Other Side of the Wind", had been expected to premiere this year.

Von Trier was also reinstituted this year after being declared "persona non grata" in 2011 for joking about being a Nazi and having sympathy for Hitler.

Iranian Jafar Panahi, whose 3 Faces is in competition, and Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov's film Leto (or Summer), are critics of their government and will not be present to accept the award if it goes to them.

Cate is set to hit the big screen alongside Jack Black in the upcoming horror film The House With a Clock In Its Walls. The Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is set for an global premiere on May 15.

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