Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Who's who in the Cannes film festival jury

Who's who in the Cannes film festival jury

Among the directors whose films the jury will be considering to award the Palme d'Or trophy - crafted by hand out of 118 grams of 18-carat gold by Chopard and costing about Euro 20,000 - two are under house arrest. Blanchett asked. "Not specifically". They are not there because of their gender, they are there because of the quality of their work.

Polanski, a Cannes regular who premiered a film here a year ago, was last week kicked out of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

She said: "Is (#MeToo) going to have a direct impact on the film in competition this year, six nine months on?"

Organisers announced earlier this year that Australian-born actress Cate would head the board of the festival.

Farhadi strode up the red carpet arm in arm with Bardem and Cruz, who wore a black ball gown and long ruby earrings, and Bardem, along with Argentine co-star Ricardo Darin, who is also a screenwriter and director in his own right.


The Cannes Film Festival officially kicks off TODAY (May 8). Absolutely. Do I expect and hope that's going to happen in the future?

"She was first and foremost elected president because she is a great actress", he said. But before that, we will see Cannes regular Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, attracting spotlight with her appearance at the French Riviera on the May 12 and 13. The bone of contention was the Cannes rule that a Competition film has to mandatorily receive French theatrical distribution, which the streaming video giant has been holding out against.

Besides, "Glorious Ashes" directed by renowned Vietnamese director Bui Thac Chuyen will be present at the most prestigious film festival in the world.

Netflix in turn withdrew its films altogether — including Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" and the Orson Welles film "The Other Side of the Wind" — in a public spat that Reed Hastings, Netflix's chief executive, recently expressed regret over.

Since then, both sides have expressed some regret over the high-profile disagreement.


Also making a return to Cannes is "Star Wars".

Does feminism clash with the glamorous side of Cannes -the red carpet, for instance?

"The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" shown, the first Kenyan movie to be selected for the world's top festival has already been banned in its homeland for daring to depict a lesbian romance.

But Danish provocateur filmmaker Lars von Trier will return to Cannes seven years after being declared "persona non grata" for joking about being a Nazi and having sympathy for Hitler.

Fellow Iranian Director Jafar Panahi and Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov, who are also competing for the Palme d'Or, will be unable to attend the fest due to restrictions imposed by their countries.


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