"There are several women in competition".
"Not only Cannes but the whole world changed last September" when claims started to emerge that Weinstein had abused dozens of women over the years, he said.
Blanchett bristled at a question about how Cannes, which celebrates women in stilettos and glamorous dresses, fits into notions about female equality. Absolutely. Do I expect and hope that is going to happen in the future?
"This is the first time I've watched 20 films in 10 days, and I love movies", said Chastain.
And the task of picking a Palme victor won't be easy, she added: "It's very hard to sit in judgment of another artist".
He has banned selfies from the red carpet, irritated by their interruption to the highly orchestrated, star-studded procession on the most famous red carpet next to the Oscars.
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"From couture to T-shirts, landfills are full of garments that have been unnecessarily discarded", Blanchett said.
The night before, Kristen and Cate stepped out to attend a jury dinner.
Spanish film royalty, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, walked the red carpet to open the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday with their film "Everybody Knows", written and directed by Iranian double-Oscar victor Asghar Farhadi.
Taiwanese actor Chang Chen, French director Robert Guédiguian, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, and Russian director Andrey Zvyagintse make up the jury.
Just one of the three women competing for the Palme has done so previously. This time, it marks its debut at The 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
The Cannes Film Festival which begins on May 8, will see I&B Minister Smriti Irani representing India at the French Riviera festival, The Times of India reported. "But I've never been on the red carpet at the Grand Palais with a Wookiee and some Stormtroopers". Only the directors and titles of the films are indicated as if to send a loud message that the quality of films alone matter. "Is it going to have a direct impact on the film in competition this year, six months on?" Her new film Capernaum is titled for a biblical town where Jesus Christ is said to have performed miracles and taught lessons. "We got into a bigger situation with Cannes than we meant to". The Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is set for an global premiere on May 15. "We have to include women and look for diversity". His film, "Everybody Knows", starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, is his first work in Spanish. "But who knows what this particular experiment will be, and I'm sure his body of work will stand with or without the Palme d'Or".