Cannes Film Festival Addresses Industry's Sex Abuse Issue


Although many assume it's simple to re-wear something on the red carpet, in reality, stars usually borrow their finery, so it can prove challenging for either a stylist or a label to track down a piece and refit it in time to get a celebrity ready for an event. There are several women in competition this year but they're not there because of their gender, they're there because of the quality of their work.

This year's festival has also been overshadowed by another controversy.

Cannes has set up a hotline for victims to report any abuse during the festival and will host a series of discussions on the issue.

'Is it going to have a direct impact on the films in competition this year, six months on?' she asked.

The actress, who is also the president of the the jury at the film festival, recycled the look not because of how good it looked on her (and, boy, did it look good), but, rather to show her continued support for the Green Carpet Challenge (or GCC), Livia Firth's sustainable fashion initiative.

The ever-stylish Cate Blanchett, pictured, has been named as the President of this year's jury, with fellow actresses Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux joining her as jurors.

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'Would I like to see more women in competition? Absolutely. Do I expect and hope that that's going to happen in the future?

The movie industry must use this week's Cannes Film Festival to "liberate and listen to women's voices" if it is to stamp out sexual harassment, the French minister for gender equality said. Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sex.

"Being attractive doesn't preclude being intelligent". Two Japanese filmmakers are also in the Competition: Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose films have always been popular in Thailand, will present the domestic drama Shoplifters; while Ryusuke Hamaguchi, whose Happy Hour screened in Bangkok past year, will make his first Cannes presence with Asako I & II.

The four men on this year's Palme jury are Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049); Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev (whose lost-child drama Loveless competed for the Palme last year, winning the Jury Prize); Chinese actor Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon); and French writer/director Robert Guédiguian (The Snows of Kilimanjaro).

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".

In the festival's Un Certain Regard section is "Rifiki", a lesbian romance from Kenya that has already been banned at home. The film, 20 years in the making, stars Adam Driver as a man warped into the fantasy world of medieval Spain.