This year, only three of the 21 films in the main Competition have been helmed by women, but the festival's 18-film Un certain regard selection features as many as seven women directors. Only one female filmmaker, Jane Campion, has ever won the Palme.
Director Thierry Fremaux admitted that Cannes "will never be the same again" after the Weinstein scandal, and said festival-goers will be warned about their behaviour when they arrive at the huge French Riviera event, which starts on Tuesday.
But she said that "the system which supports and protects powerful men, rather than helping victims, also has to be dismantled". You come to Cannes to see films. "We learnt about it from the media", said local hospitality union head Alain Lahouti, a sentiment echoed by others AFP spoke to in Cannes.
After a well-documented and controversial back and forth, Netflix decided that it would not be attending Cannes this year. Questions of gender equality are especially pointed at Cannes, which for the last 20 years had been a seaside playground for Harvey Weinstein, long one of the festival's most ubiquitous operators.
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"Being attractive doesn't preclude being intelligent", Blanchett responded. "This is, by its very nature, a glamorous, fantastic, spectacular festival", Blanchett said.
Once shooting wrapped, the filmmaker found herself with 500 hours of rushes, and so began a year and a half of "non-stop editing, when every day we wouldn't stop before two o'clock in the morning". "If you remove everyone's names-it's hard, when someone has been so profoundly influential on worldwide cinema, not to bring their body of work into your experience [as a jury member], and he continues to experiment", Blanchett said. Several Netflix titles, including Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" and the recently completed Orson Welles film "The Other Side of the Wind", had been expected to premiere this year.
The India Pavilion will also see the launch of T for Tajmahal, poster of Bhonsle by actor Manoj Bajpayee and producer Devashish Makhija and actor Dhanush-starrer Indo-French co-production The Extraordinary Journey Of Fakir. Iranian director Jafar Panahi and his Russian counterpart Kirill Serebrennikov are in the running for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize - even though neither can leave their home country. And he has brought Star Warsback to Cannes for the megawatt premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
But his surprise decision to lift the festival's seven-year ban on Danish director Lars von Trier has stoked feminist ire.