Before accepting the position of jury president, Blanchett said that she had laid out her own stipulations to Frémaux. "And it was quite disturbing to me, to be honest". "This will be a very different Cannes without Weinstein".
"It will be a march dedicated to the women of cinema", Cannes director Thierry Fremaux told a press conference in the French Riviera resort ahead of Tuesday's festival launch.
Stewart, a Los Angeles native, was first spotted by a talent scout at age eight and had her breakout role opposite Jodie Foster in the 2002 thriller "Panic Room".
Other stars spotted on the red carpet include Penelope Cruz and Kristen Stewart. He has, after a public scuffle, accepted the absence of Netflix films from the festival after being unable to secure theatrical releases for its entries.
The new "Star Wars" spin-off, "Solo", is the only Hollywood blockbuster in a slightly less starry line-up than usual.
Although she has never won anything at Cannes, her performance in "Carol", where she played one half of a couple of illicit lesbian lovers, earned her rave reviews in 2014.
This year's festival has also been overshadowed by another controversy.
Yet some say it's not enough for Cannes to change its clocks. The actress has seldom failed to impress her with her choice of outfit and styling - both fashion and beauty - and this year as well, all eyes will be on her.
Weinstein, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual impropriety, was a regular fixture at the festival.
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A number of videos from their rehearsals are going viral on the internet leaving the eager fans dazzled. Yesterday, Sonam Kapoor and hubby-to-be Anand Ahuja were spotted at a skin clinic in Bandra.
Given the turn of events in the showbiz in the last one year, it wasn't unexpected to have #MeToo questions thrown at the members of the jury.
And among the four men is a Chinese actor (Chang Chen), a Canadian director (Denis Villeneuve), and Russian writer, director Andrey Zvyaginstsev whose Loveless remains one of the best films of 2017.
Competing for the Palme are 21 films, including new releases from directors Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski (the Oscar-winning "Ida") and Jean-Luc Godard.
In fact, there are only three women directors in competition this year: Lebanon's Nadine Labaki with Capernaum, France's Eva Husson for Girls of the Sun, and Italian Alice Rohrwacher with Lazzaro Felice. "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". "There will be more and more [female filmmakers] in the future". "For me, I don't think that the choice should be made because of that". There was something outside of my purview to orient me to my place in the world.
The world's most popular film festival, which takes place annually, will see filmmakers from around the world descend on the south of France to show their latest works.
Also likely absent from Cannes will be two filmmakers living under house arrest in their home countries.
This year, Cannes has established a hotline for sexual harassment victims at the festival. "You don't come to Cannes to see yourself, you come to Cannes to see films".
The 28-year-old has always been a darling of Cannes, appearing in the main competition in "On the Road" by Walter Salles in 2012 and Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria" and Woody Allen's "Cafe Society" in 2014.