Cannes Film Festival Addresses Industry's Sex Abuse Issue

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Cannes Film Festival Addresses Industry's Sex Abuse Issue

From the time it first took place in 1946, the Cannes Film Festival has been dominated by male directors. "There are many women on the jury, but I wish there were more in competition", she told French radio Tuesday. I'm sure some press will be pissed, others unfazed, but most of all - no one knows how it's going to play out.

"Few years ago there were only two", said Ms. Blanchett. "We will deal with we have in hand", she elaborated further.

The stage and screen veteran then directly addressed the mounting criticism levelled against Canne, whose jury only selected three films by female directors.

Another renowned political voice, U.S. director Spike Lee, is also in the line-up. "There will be more and more (female filmmakers) in the future".

Just one of the three women competing for the Palme has done so previously.

Blanchett said lasting change will only happen with exact actions over time to narrow the gender divide and improve minority representation in filmmaking. They are there because of the quality of their work. It is headed by Australian actress Cate Blanchett, a vocal campaigner against sexual harassment, who revealed on the opening night of the festival in an interview with United States entertainment magazine Variety that Harvey Weinstein had acted inappropriately toward her.

Thierry Fremaux, in lengthy, impassioned comments, promised that the festival - long known as a playground for disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein - would adapt to the world's shifting cultural landscape.

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

A flyer saying "proper behaviour required" will be handed out and a hotline and website set up for victims or witnesses of sexual harassment.

And of course, he also spoke about outlawing selfies from the red carpet. About 100 women are expected to attend. Most notably, Netflix pulled a total of five films from the festival after Cannes wouldn't budge on their rule (about the films being required to show in French cinemas).

And the jury that will award the Palme d'Or is this year headed by a woman, Australian actress Cate Blanchett, and is majority-female.

DuVernay, the filmmaker of "Selma" and the Netflix documentary "13th", said that the power of movies is the ability to "speak to each other through cinema". While security was a talking point past year, the world's largest movie event in 2018 has already invoked discussion through several structural changes - from moving the opening to Tuesday instead of Wednesday, the revamp of the press screening schedule that has never changed for decades, and notably the selection of films that hints at Cannes' readiness to become less predictable.

"The entire world has changed since last September", added Fremaux, referring to allegations of sexual abuse in the film and entertainment business. Weinstein is accused of raping Italian filmmaker and actor Asia Argento at the 1997 Cannes festival.

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