Friday, 25 May, 2018

Cate Blanchett thinks #MeToo will take time to bring change in Hollywood

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Ivan Hill | 11 May, 2018, 00:49

With Hollywood still reeling from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and Cannes under fire for its dearth of women directors, Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart are likely to join other actresses and women directors Saturday in a protest in support of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. The film festival will kick off on Tuesday night with the premiere of Asghar Farhadi's "Everybody Knows", starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

The two-time Oscar victor, who is the chairman of this year's Palme d'Or jury, opened the annual film event with a press conference on Tuesday (08May18), and was quick to address the drama surrounding Russian Kirill Serebrennikov and Iran's Jafar Panahi, whose films Leto and 3 Faces will premiere at Cannes this week. But you know, is it going to have a direct impact on the film in competition this year, six nine months on?

She added: "Would I like to see more women in competition? Not specifically. There are several women in competition but they are not there because of their gender, they are there for the quality of their work". Absolutely. Do I expect and hope that's going to happen in the future? "We have to include women and look for diversity".

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Both directors have been forbidden to travel to France for the festival by officials in their homelands.

Blanchett, who called their plight "a awful situation" was asked it that would alter the way their films are judged.

The festival runs from May 8 to May 19.

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