Sexism and #MeToo in focus on opening day of Cannes film festival

Mahira Khan will be the first Pakistani representative of a makeup brand at Cannes red carpet. She will join the Indian contingent of Kangana Ranaut Deepika Padukone Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

One hundred women will grace the Cannes Film Festival red carpet on Saturday as a symbolic show of strength.

At a press conference before the festival's official opening, she also stressed that a director's gender would have no bearing on how she and her fellow jurors assessed their films.

In previous years critics have been allowed to attend screenings in mornings before the gala premiere in the evening.

While we can not wait to see what the Fanne Khan actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has in store for us as Cannes 2018 red carpet rolls out on May 8, here is a throwback video of when Ash did something truly unbelievable and heart melting for her Indian fans in southern France.

She made her breakthrough as Britain's flame-haired monarch Elizabeth I in the 1998 biopic, earning her the first of her six Oscar nominations.

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Asghar Farhadi's Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, kicks off the Cannes competition Tuesday night.

Since 1946, only 84 of the 1,790 directors whose films has been shown in competition at Cannes have been women - in other words, less than one in 20.

She vowed all measures - including the helpline - are in place to protect all women in the film industry.

Fremaux asserted that the festival is doing its best to improve the gender ratio in its selections and committees.

"It's very hard to sit in judgement of other artists. that is going to be the most challenging, most painful moment for all of us", said Blanchett.

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This year's festival has also been overshadowed by another controversy.

Taiwanese actor Chang Chen, singer-songwriter Khadja Nin and Loveless director Andrei Zvyagintsev comprise the rest of the jury. But that did not stop the Oscar victor from delivering the kind of deft, articulate responses that proved her the flawless leader-no offense, Cannes director Thierry Frémaux-to guide the flawed French festival through its Time's Up-era evolution. I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year's jury. When asked about their deliberations over the next eleven days and their final decisions, Blanchett warned that the jury "may disappoint and confound" the press and the public.

DuVernay, the filmmaker of "Selma" and the Netflix documentary "13th", said that the power of movies is the ability to "speak to each other through cinema".

"Being attractive doesn't preclude being intelligent. It has been irritating to me to think that I'm in Cannes because I'm a woman filmmaker and that now, with everything that's happening, the world has chose to put females in the spotlight". "You don't come to Cannes to see yourself, you come to Cannes to see films".

In the festival's Un Certain Regard section is "Rifiki", a lesbian romance from Kenya that has already been banned at home.

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