CANNES, France (REUTERS) – Spanish movie royalty, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, walked the crimson carpet to open the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday (May eight) with their movie Everybody Knows, written and directed by Iranian double-Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi.
Farhadi strode up the crimson carpet arm in arm with Bardem and Cruz, who wore a black ball robe and lengthy ruby earrings, and Bardem, together with Argentine co-star Ricardo Darin, who can also be a screenwriter and director in his personal proper.
The movie is considered one of 21 vying for the Palme d’Or on the first Cannes pageant since sexual abuse and harassment allegations rocked the global film business and gave delivery to the #MeToo marketing campaign to get better feminine participation in movies.
Cannes has arrange a hotline for victims to report any abuse in the course of the pageant and can host a sequence of discussions on the difficulty. And the jury that can award the Palme d’Or is that this yr headed by a lady, Australian actress Cate Blanchett, and is majority-female.
But Blanchett stated the elevated consciousness of girls’s points would have “no direct impact” on who wins.
When requested whether or not she was involved that of the 21 movies in the principle competitors, there have been solely three directed by girls, Blanchett informed a news conference: “Just a few years in the past there have been solely two!
“Is (#MeToo) going to have a direct impact upon the films in competition this year, six, nine months on? 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.”
She added: “Would I like to see more women in competition? Absolutely. Do I expect and hope that’s going to happen in the future? I hope so.”
But, as if to indicate how girls should not be neglected in cinema, she had a barbed response to a reporter who requested the “filmmakers” – which means the administrators, quite than actors – on the jury to reply “why are movies still important?”
“Actresses: don’t answer that because you have no idea how to answer that question!” Blanchett stated with a raised eyebrow to fellow jury members Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart (an actress who has just lately moved into directing).
The news conference was the final time the five-women, four-men jury will communicate to the media till the top of the fortnight.
After Farhadi, one other Iranian director, Jafar Panahi, will display a film in competitors, however will likely be unable to attend the pageant as he’s formally banned from film-making by his government. Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov can even be absent as he’s underneath home arrest in Russia on expenses that his supporters say are politically motivated.
Blanchett, who referred to as their plight “a terrible situation”was requested it that may alter the way in which their movies are judged.
“It’s not a political film festival,” she replied, insisting that every one movies will likely be judged solely on their inventive deserves.
“This is not the Nobel Peace Prize, it’s the Palme d’Or.”
The pageant runs from May eight to May 19.