Who's who in the Cannes film festival jury

Wendy Jensen
May 9, 2018

After arriving at Nice airport on Monday 7 May, they made their way to Cannes, before heading for a Cannes jury dinner at Hotel Martinez. The festival this year has its pockets full with no less than a dozen films with LGBT themes, and others tackling child abuse, male prostitution and an eye-watering DIY sex change.

The award-winning actress also premiered her first short film as a director, "Come Swim", at the festival past year.

'One of the rapes that Harvey Weinstein is accused of happened at Cannes, and so the festival can not fail to act'.

But before that, we will see Cannes regular Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, attracting spotlight with her appearance at the French Riviera on the May 12 and 13.

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"There will be more and more [female filmmakers] in the future", Fremaux said, noting that at this year's festival a group of about 100 women will walk the red carpet as a group in a gesture meant to "affirm their presence".

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.

She told the Associated Press: "Would I like to see more women in competition?"

This year, of the 21 films up for the gong, three are directed by women: Alice Rohrwacher, Nadine Labaki and Eva Husson. Kristen Stewart - now an established Cannes favourite - spoke cryptically of her plan to assess the films. "I hope so", she said. Absolutely. Do I expect and hope that's going to happen in the future?

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1965: Olivia de Havilland is named the first female president of the jury. Chastain, while not connected with any film playing at the festival this year, will in a way still be influencing the conversation. But that did not stop the Oscar victor from delivering the kind of deft, articulate responses that proved her the flawless leader-no offense, Cannes director Thierry Frémaux-to guide the flawed French festival through its Time's Up-era evolution.

Hazanavicius said the veteran Swiss-French director Jean-Luc Godard, whose latest film is also at Cannes, has also said "much worse things than Lars von Trier on this very same topic". And he has brought Star Warsback to Cannes for the megawatt premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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. There was something outside of my purview to orient me to my place in the world. One of the hottest properties on the Cannes market is a female-led spy film 355, to star Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing and Lupita Nyong'o. Two filmmakers in competition - Iran's Jafar Panahi and Russia's Kirill Serebrennikov_ are living under house arrest in their home countries.

As we know that women have been stopped on the Cannes red carpet in previous years for not wearing high heels, and its dress code has been condemned as sexist.

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