Cate Blanchett named Cannes jury president

Cate Blanchett named Cannes jury president

It is possible that after months of headlines surrounding Harvey Weinstein's alleged harassment of young actresses in Cannes and elsewhere, the festival authorities were especially keen to make a political point by choosing a high profile woman as jury president. Unlike in years past, this year the festival begins on a Tuesday and ends on a Saturday. With 48 years and victor of two Oscars, Blanchett is twelfth woman President of jury of Cannes, four years after New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion. Spanish director Pedro Almodovar occupied the seat previous year.

Accepting her Oscar for best actress for "Blue Jasmine" in 2014, Blanchett decried "those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences".

She is "a rare and unique artist with talent and conviction", the Cannes Film Festival organisers said.

"I'm going to Cannes for years as an actress, as a producer, for gala nights and for competition sessions, even for market". Blanchett, 48, is looking forward to attend the festival exclusively to watch films. "This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that unusual and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave".

"Our conversations this autumn convince us she will be a committed president, and a passionate and generous spectator". "Cannes really needs to take emergency measures to show its support for women filmmakers at this crucial moment and putting Cate Blanchett upfront, given her support for Time's Up, is a good sign", Kate Muir, a screenwriter who is also a campaigner with the group Women and Hollywood, said by email.

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