Cannes announces changes to boost female representation

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Scorsese, who won the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, for "Taxi Driver", was in Cannes for an anniversary screening of his 1973 breakthrough "Mean Streets". They are not there due to their gender.

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

This year's selections, including three female directors among the 21 Palme contenders, have done little to quell pleas by Chastain and others for more female storytellers at the world's most prestigious film festival.

The film festival will not only bring Vietnamese cinema closer to the global friends but also help popularise the country's tourism and culture. But the press conference for the jurors-which includes Kristen Stewart, Ava Duvernay and Denis Villeneuve-sidestepped that hot button issue.

He has starred in several critically acclaimed Chinese-language films including Hou Hsiao-hsien's "The Assassin", which won the best director award at Cannes in 2015. Blanchett said. "Absolutely." She added that she "hoped" would happen in the future.

Blanchett, a prominent member of the Time's Up initiative, said the #MeToo movement - aimed at eradicating sexual harassment - will play a role at the festival and every one from now on.

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Fremaux says the Weinstein sex abuse allegations came as a shock to Cannes, forcing the festival to examine its own practices and do more to improve gender equality. Cannes blocked Netflix from attending, by mandating that all films in competition must have theatrical distribution in France.

DuVernay, the filmmaker of "Selma" and the Netflix documentary "13th", said the power of movies is the ability to "speak to each other through cinema". Blanchett said with a raised eyebrow to fellow jury members Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart (an actress who has recently moved into directing). "It was film that allows me to assert my voice in the world". Sergei Loznitsa, another big name in the global film scene leads the Un Certain Regard section where Nandita Das' MANTO will also be screened.

But Danish provocateur filmmaker Lars von Trier will return to Cannes seven years after being declared "persona non grata" for joking about being a Nazi and having sympathy for Hitler.

Despite a plea by U.S. director Oliver Stone, Tehran has refused to lift a travel ban on Iranian master Jafar Panahi, whose "Three Faces" is in the running for the top Palme d'Or prize.

Cate is set to hit the big screen alongside Jack Black in the upcoming horror film The House With a Clock In Its Walls. Sonam Kapoor-Ahuja will be at the French Riviera as a newlywed and make heads turn on May 14 and 15.

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