"It's not a political film festival", she replied, insisting that all flims will be judged exclusively on their artistic merits.
Blanchett said lasting change will only happen with exact actions over time to narrow the gender divide and improve minority representation in filmmaking. "Not through generalizations and not through confrontations". It's about addressing the gender gap and addressing the racial diversity and equality and the way we make the work. We want young filmmakers from India to use this as a platform to showcase their creativity.
"There have been seismic, tectonic changes in the industry that are still unfolding", says producer Simon Chinn, who will be premiering the Whitney Houston documentary Whitney - "a corrective to the tabloid story", he says, and shopping a documentary on Weinstein titled Citizen Weinstein.
Her acceptance to the Competition in Cannes, she notes, could be "very encouraging for other female directors or women who are dreaming of becoming filmmakers".
'Would I like to see more women in competition? Absolutely. Do I expect and hope that's going to happen in the future?
She said the only incident she recalled was four or five years ago, when she sent two seamstresses to the room of two film stars early one morning.
While answering the press conference's tough questions seemed to come easily to her, Blanchett said that she would have a more hard time with another element of her jury-president job.
The night before, Kristen and Cate stepped out to attend a jury dinner.
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Fremaux also announced that Saturday at Cannes, about 100 women will walk the red carpet in a symbolic gesture to "affirm their presence".
American actor and director Benicio del Toro heads the "Un Certain Regard" jury. Only one female filmmaker, Jane Campion, has won the Palme. It was first presented in 1955, replacing another "Grand Prix" prize.
"It isn't just the Cannes Film Festival that's going to change". Just one Palme victor in the 71 years of the Cannes was directed by a woman: Jane Campion for The Piano in 1993.
The Cannes Film Festival's Terry Gilliam legal dispute kicked off today, as a Paris court weighed whether the festival can show Monty Python star Terry Gilliam's long-awaited film "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote". And this year is no different, with Julianne Moore leading the pack in red. Only the directors and titles of the films are indicated as if to send a loud message that the quality of films alone matter. Her new film Capernaum is titled for a biblical town where Jesus Christ is said to have performed miracles and taught lessons. "It doesn't matter for me, it's not because I'm a woman that I feel it differently".
Also in the mix:Happy as Lazzaro by Italian Alice Rohrwacher; Girls of the Sun, by French director Eva Husson; and Capernaum, by Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki.
Hollywood has spent decades overlooking, underestimating, and abusing women. According to a Variety report, the streaming giant is eyeing major acquisition deals at the 2018 festival and is reportedly interesting in picking up Asghar Farhadi's opener "Everybody Knows", starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
"This is not the Nobel Peace Prize, it's the Palme d'Or". DuVernay offered the best definition: "A film that's of its time but also timeless".