Cannes 2018: It's not the Nobel Peace Prize, it's Palme d'Or

The protesters will include: 100 top actresses and female film directors.

1993: Jane Campion wins the Palme d'Or for "The Piano", making her the first (and so far the only) female director to take home Cannes' top prize.

He also regretted not being able to programme Alfonso Cuaron's film "Roma", about the director's growing-up years in Mexico.

In a formal statement issued hours later, the festival said: "Because the time has come to speak out, and because there must be zero tolerance with sexual harassment or abuse of any kind, the Festival de Cannes, in partnership with the French Ministry of Gender Equality, has chose to take a firm approach to preventing sexual harassment, and to stand shoulder to shoulder with victims".

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

The continued gender imbalance in the competition line-up has been a major talking point in the run-up to this year's festival.

"Having attended previous Cannes Film Festivals as an actress, Blanchett said that awards are not the end-all, be-all: "[In past years] I'm not just interested in the film that won the prize, but one that I've heard about by word of mouth.as an artist myself, I'm actually not that focused on the awards.

Another change implemented this year is that critics will no longer be seeing films before they premiere, but now at the same time, as a way for organisers to try minimise what they see as the negative impact social media can have on the buzz of a film at Cannes.

"It's not the Nobel Peace Award, it's the Palme d'Or", Ms Blanchett said, trying to put things in perspective. "This is by its very nature a glamorous, fantastic, spectacular festival".

There, they were joined by fellow jury members French director Robert Guédiguian, Burundian singer-songwriter Khadja Nin, actress Léa Seydoux, Denis Villeneuve, the Canadian director, Taiwanese actor Chang Chen and Andrey Zvyagintsev, a Russian director. "It's the way that I, from where I'm from - Compton, California - was able to understand the humanity of a family in Iran or in Shanghai". It was film that did that.

Before the festival began, controversy dominated the Cannes landscape. French law prevents a film that plays in theaters to appear on streaming services for three years.

Cannes never mentions the country of origin while listing the films.

Despite a plea by USA 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.

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. Sonam Kapoor-Ahuja will be at the French Riviera as a newlywed and make heads turn on May 14 and 15. The Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is set for an global premiere on May 15.


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