Saudi Arabia to participate in Cannes Film Festival 2018 for first time

Deepika padukone at Cannes Film Festival 2017

Deepika padukone at Cannes Film Festival 2017

Asked if she was proud to be one of the three women in competition, Labaki replies: "I'm proud but I'm proud to be there, full stop". "Harmony can't always be creative", she said.

On the question of two filmmakers in the contest being under house arrest, Ms. Blanchett said though Cannes was not "political", it does open eyes and hearts to things around the world.

Before the festival began, controversy dominated the Cannes landscape.

Although, there are claims that Blanchett's appointment is as result of the rape allegation and critics are calling it a PR fix, Fremaux said, "She was first and foremost elected president because she is a great actress".

It's the latest in almost two decades of headaches for Gilliam's film, which has been plagued by production problems, funding issues and legal woes.

Cate Blanchett was in very high spirits on the eve of Cannes Film Festival on Monday. Her jury of nine includes Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Burundian singer Khadja Nin.

"This is not the Nobel Peace Prize, it's the Palme d'Or".

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The 71st Cannes Film Festival is about to open and it is time now to talk of all the films in the official sections.

Weinstein Harvey's scandal was brought into limelight after four actresses accused him of sexual assault. With so many films by the world's well known filmmakers still at works when the Berlinale announced their selections in January this year, there were wild speculations as to how many of these films will Cannes screen this year.

DuVernay, the filmmaker of "Selma" and the Netflix documentary "13th", said the power of movies is the ability to "speak to each other through cinema". "It was film that allows me to assert my voice in the world". French law prevents a film that plays in theaters from appearing on streaming services for three years.

Netflix in turn withdrew its films altogether — including Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" and the Orson Welles film "The Other Side of the Wind" — in a public spat that Reed Hastings, Netflix's chief executive, recently expressed regret over.

Amidst the less starry line-up at the festival, the new "Star Wars" spin-off, "Solo" is the only Hollywood blockbuster.

Fellow Iranian Director Jafar Panahi and Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov, who are also competing for the Palme d'Or, will be unable to attend the fest due to restrictions imposed by their countries.

Von Trier was also reinstituted this year after being declared "persona non grata" in 2011 for joking about being a Nazi and having sympathy for Hitler. The Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is set for an worldwide premiere on May 15.

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