Cate Blanchett on Why #MeToo Will Take Time to Transform Hollywood

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"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 an artist myself, I'm actually not that focused on the awards.

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.

Her jury of nine includes Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Burundian singer Khadja Nin.

The 71st Cannes Film Festival has its official opening ceremony later on Tuesday and runs until 19 May. When Cannes announced an initial selection of 18 films only in competition, with some big names missing, the Director of the Festival simply asked the speculators to wait.

Weinstein Harvey's scandal was brought into limelight after four actresses accused him of sexual assault.

Cannes has previously come under fire for not awarding the Palme to more women. "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".

Blanchett told the gathered media she hoped to see more women represented at Cannes in the future.

They include French director Eva Husson whose film "Girls of the Sun" will be screened on Saturday evening after the women's march. "And we will be assessing them as filmmakers, as we should be", she said.

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Although, there are claims that Blanchett's appointment is as result of the rape allegation and critics are calling it a PR fix, Fremaux said, "She was first and foremost elected president because she is a great actress".

Iranian prodigy Samira Makhmalbaf snagged the prestigious Jury Prize twice, first for her 2000 breakthrough feature "Blackboards" and again three years later for "At Five in the Afternoon".

The festival this year even altered its sacred schedule to eliminate morning press screenings ahead of premieres - a strategic switch meant to blunt the effect of press-corps boos marring film premieres, a practice that had emerged as a kind of blood sport at Cannes.

This year, Cannes has established a hotline for sexual harassment victims at the festival.

Australian actress Blanchett said it will take time to ensure gender parity in the film industry.

The festival's director Thierry Fremaux said on Monday that "cinema has always been in the hands of men".

Amidst the less starry line-up at the festival, the new "Star Wars" spin-off, "Solo" is the only Hollywood blockbuster. There was something outside of my purview to orient me to my place in the world.

Faced with the prospect of only showing its films out of competition, Netflix withdrew its films from Cannes. Two filmmakers in competition - Iran's Jafar Panahi and Russia's Kirill Serebrennikov_ are living under house arrest in their home countries. "They will be walking the red carpet and we will be there to support them", she said. His film - "The House That Jack Built" - stars Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman.