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

MeToo will not sway Cannes film contest, says jury head Blanchett

"Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler - whose film is breaking box office records - is also likely to tackle the lack of black faces in Hollywood in a Cannes masterclass.

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.

Fremaux addressed a slew of other issues - #MeToo, the raging row with Netflix, the ban on red-carpet selfies and the legal cloud over the closing film, Terry Gilliam's 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'.

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

Long before Weinstein was accused of attacking four women at the festival, Cannes had been under fire for a "problem with women".

Hollywood has spent decades overlooking, underestimating, and abusing women.

"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".

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

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Of the 21 films in competition this year, only three have female directors.

Jessica Chastain, an actress and regular attendee of the French Riviera festival, past year reflected on her time spent on the Cannes jury shortly after they selected Ruben Ostlund's The Square as the Palme d'Or victor. "I hope so", Blanchett said.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux, who called the Weinstein revelations an "earthquake" for Cannes, has promised this year heralds "a great renewal". Blanchett said. "Absolutely." She added that she "hoped" would happen in the future.

He also regretted not being able to programme Alfonso Cuaron's film "Roma", about the director's growing-up years in Mexico. Juries, she noted, have in recent years been split equally, with the president tilting the scales.

That change is clearly being seen and felt across the festival this year.

Australian actress Blanchett said it will take time to ensure gender parity in the film industry. There was something outside of my purview to orient me to my place in the world. Speaking about the somewhat ridiculous task of picking the "best" piece of work in a medium so subjective, Blanchett said, "You have to accept that the task is impossible. without having a single conversation about any of the films here, I can say that we will disappoint and confound".

Despite a plea by U.S. 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.

Labaki, one of Lebanon's most famed filmmakers whose Where Do We Go Now? played in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section, has spent the last two years making Capernaum, a realistic rendering of the lives of Syrian migrant children, with nonprofessional actors playing version of themselves. The Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is set for an global premiere on May 15. His film - "The House That Jack Built" - stars Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman.

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