The 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival started two days ago. Even though the festival comes with its own set of rules and regulations, however this year witnessed some changes as well as some challenges to the legendary festival with all the upheavals taking place in the entertainment industry lately. Read below for some interesting facts surrounding this year’s festival.
1 || Selfies Are Prohibited
It is no longer allowed to take selfies on the red carpet. However, this shouldn’t be a problem as with the amount of paparazzi present, no moment will go by un-documented.
2 || No Press Screenings Ahead of the Premieres
This change is seen as a positive one, since this way the critics will not be able to generate negative feelings towards any film prior to having audiences actually see the film.
3 || Netflix Films Are Banned
This rule was announced last year and it will go into effect this year. Netflix are still allowed to submit films but they will not be eligible in the main competition. Accordingly, the streaming company refused to accept invitations to show any of its films at the festival following this decision.
4 || Cate Blanchett Is Jury President
Cate Blanchett is jury president of the main competition. Her fellow jurors include Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux, and director Ava Duvernay.
5 || Cate Blanchett Wears An Older Gown
Blanchett, again, topped the headlines when she re-wore a black lace Armani Privé gown that she previously wore to the Golden Globes in 2014, as she takes a stand against waste in the fashion industry.
6 || The Ghost of Harvey Weinstein
The festival might be facing some major challenges this year since Harvey Weinstein was a significant figure at Cannes in the past. Many of the accusations against Weinstein are said to have taken place at Cannes; such as Asia Argento’s rape allegation which is claimed to have taken place in 1997 in his hotel room at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
7 || Sexual Harassment Hotline
A phone line is set up to report incidents of sexual harassment at the festival in light of accusations against Harvey Weinstein.
8 || #MeToo Movement
There is a sense of unease with regards to the activities of the #MeToo movement, especially in light of the fact that only three films competing for the Palme d’Or were directed by women including “Capernaum” by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki.
9 || An Event Under 50/50 2020 (France’s Answer to Time’s Up) Will Be Organised
France’s minister of culture Françoise Nyssen and festival artistic director Thierry Frémaux will share the platform alongside other equality activists in an attempt to quench the anger against the shortage of female film makers. The problem reverts to the fact that financiers are always hesitant to fund films for women directors.