#MeToo will take time to change Hollywood, says Cate Blanchett

09 May, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • Trade publication Variety said Friday that Travolta will receive its inaugural Cinema Icon Award at this month’s festival in France

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".

The council aims to present the kingdom's movie production capabilities and filming locations, as well as enabling the movie producers of the country to build networks with worldwide filmmakers, the statement added.

In previous years critics have been allowed to attend screenings in mornings before the gala premiere in the evening.

The 71st Cannes Film Festival has its official opening ceremony later on Tuesday and runs until 19 May. Blanchett said with a raised eyebrow to fellow jury members Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart (an actress who has recently moved into directing).

Since 1946, only 84 of the 1,790 directors whose films has been shown in competition at Cannes have been women - in other words, less than one in 20.

Of the 268 filmmakers who have claimed one of Cannes' top three prizes, only 11 - or four percent - have been women.

Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux says gender parity is only a matter of time.

The festival this year even altered its sacred schedule to eliminate morning press screenings ahead of premieres - a strategic switch meant to blunt the effect of press-corps boos marring film premieres, a practice that had emerged as a kind of blood sport at Cannes.

And then Blanchett took on the role of reporter to ask the inevitable follow-up question: "Why did I become the president of the jury if I'm not interested in awards?"

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Also on the jury that will decide this year's Palme d'Or are Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, French director Robert Guediguian and Chinese actor Chang Chen.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux, who called the Weinstein revelations an "earthquake" for Cannes, has promised this year heralds "a great renewal".

Blanchett agreed: "For quality, profound, lasting change to occur, it needs to take place through specific actions, not generalisations".

"Being attractive doesn't preclude being intelligent", she stated firmly. That may be the case, and the festival may very well do similar. French law prevents a film that plays in theaters to appear on streaming services for three years. Speaking about the somewhat ridiculous task of picking the "best" piece of work in a medium so subjective, Blanchett said, "You have to accept that the task is impossible. without having a single conversation about any of the films here, I can say that we will disappoint and confound".

Saudi Arabia's first cinema in almost 35 years was open by USA movie theater giant America Multi Cinema (AMC) Entertainment in Riyadh on April 18.

In the festival's Un Certain Regard section is "Rifiki", a lesbian romance from Kenya that has already been banned at home.

Pointedly, however, he has not risked giving von Trier a press conference this time for his new serial killer flick, "The House That Jack Built" with Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon.

Also making a return to Cannes is "Star Wars".

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