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Cate Blanchett Doesn’t Have to Judge Lars von Trier, But Don’t Be Surprised If the Cannes Jury Wants to Award a Woman

Cate Blanchett Doesn’t Have to Judge Lars von Trier, But Don’t Be Surprised If the Cannes Jury Wants to Award a Woman
When the Cannes Film Festival announced its Official Competition in early April, one notorious auteur was absent from the lineup: Lars von Trier. This wasn’t a total surprise, even though the Danish filmmaker had an upcoming movie, “The House That Jack Built,” because he’s been deemed persona non grata since his controversial remarks about being a Nazi during the Cannes press conference for “Melancholia” in 2011. However, one week later, the festival announced that “The House That Jack Built” would play at Cannes after all — out of competition.

This decision overturns von Trier’s status at Cannes while avoiding one of the biggest challenges his new work presented at the festival, where the competition will be judged by a female-dominated jury led by jury president Cate Blanchett. A rep for the actress denied one rumor circulating in recent days, that the actress refused to consider von Trier’s film as part of the competition.
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Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay Added to the 2018 Cannes Film Festival's Majority Female Jury

Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay Added to the 2018 Cannes Film Festival's Majority Female Jury
Kristen Stewart is the latest addition to the Cannes Film Festival’s fist majority female competition jury since 2014.

A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay was also confirmed as a jury member on Wednesday. The duo will join previously announced jurors Léa Seydoux, musician Khadja Nin and Cate Blanchett, who will serve as this year’s jury president.

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve, director Andrey Zvyagintsev, French filmmaker Robert Guédiguian and Chinese actor Chang Chen will also serve as jurors.

The festival’s first majority female jury in four years comes after the festival was widely criticized for its
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Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart Join Cate Blanchett on 2018 Cannes Film Festival Jury

Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart Join Cate Blanchett on 2018 Cannes Film Festival Jury
Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, Denis Villeneuve, Chang Chen, Robert Guédiguian, Khadja Nin, Léa Seydoux and Andrey Zvyagintsev have been named members of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival Jury.

They will join Cate Blanchett, who was previously named president of the jury at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

During the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, the jury is made up of five women and four men, only the third time that women have made up a majority of the jury. All three times have come in the last 10 years.

The jurors are of seven nationalities and from five continents.

Also Read: Cannes Lineup Reaches From Spike Lee to Jean-Luc Godard

Blanchett marks the first female jury president since Jane Campion served in 2014. Other women to take on the role this century include Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and Liv Ullmann. It is the 12th time in festival history a woman has headed the jury. Director, screenwriter and actress Jeanne Moreau served twice, with all others putting in one year each.

The Cannes Film Festival will take over the south of France from May 8-19.

See the full bios for the jury members courtesy of the festival organizers below.

Also Read: Cannes Will Welcome Back Lars von Trier, Says Festival Director

Chang Chen – Chinese actor

Chang Chen made his film debut in the late Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day. He rose to fame in the Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” in 2000. His film credits include “Wong Kar Wai’s Happy Together” (1997), 2046 (2004), “The Grandmaster” (2013), Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “Three Times” (2005) and “The Assassin” (2015), Tian Zhuangzhuang’s “The Go Master” (2006) John Woo’s “Red Cliff” (2008-2009) “The Last Supper” directed by Lu Chuan (2012). In 2017, he returned for Yang Lu’s film Brotherhood of “Blades II” and recently played in “Forever Young” by Fangfang Li.

Ava DuVernay – American writer, director, producer

Nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe and winner of the BAFTA and Emmy, Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor known for the historical drama “Selma” (2014), the criminal justice documentary “13th” (2016) and the recent Disney cinematic adaptation of the classic children’s novel A wrinkle in Time. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director Prize for her film “Middle of Nowhere,” DuVernay amplifies the work of people of color and women directors through her film collective Array.

Robert Guédiguian – French director, writer, producer

The work of Robert Guédiguian, an activist filmmaker, celebrates the city of Marseille where he grew up. Acclaimed by critics when he first started directing in the 80s, he met public success with Marius and Jeannette, which won the Prix Louis-Delluc in 1997.

His film credits include “Marie-Jo et ses deux amours” (2002) “Le Promeneur du Champ de Mars” (2004) “Le Voyage en Arménie” (2007) “Lady Jane” (2008) “L’armée du crime” (2009) “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” (2011). His latest film in date, “The House by the Sea” (2017), received enthusiastic response from critics and audience.

Khadja Nin – Burundian songwriter, composer, singer

Youngest of a family of eight Khadja Nin studied music at an early age, before leaving Africa to go to Europe. Her albums are a mix of occidental popmusic, African and afro-cuban rhythms. She gained wide recognition and success with “Sambolera Mayi Son.” “Ya…” (“From me to you”) is a wonderful tribute to Mandela and the video of her song “Mama” was directed by Jeanne Moreau. International Artist, she became a Unicef and Acp Observatory on Migration Good Will Ambassador. She was awarded the Prize “Prix de l’Action Feminine” by the African Women’s League in 2016. She has been committed to support ordinary heroes.

Léa Seydoux – French actress

Rising to fame with Christophe Honoré’s “The Beautiful Person” in 2008, Léa Seydoux is an award-winning actress, notably the Palme d’Or for Abdelatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Colour” in 2013. She successfully alternates between author and mainstream films. Her film credits include Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Dear Prudence” and “Grand Central,” Benoît Jacquot’s “Farewell, My Queen” and “Diary of a Chambermaid,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent,” Sam Mendes’ “Spectre,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” and Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World.”

Kristen Stewart – American actress

Kristen Stewart has been playing roles since an early age and received widespread recognition in 2008 for “The Twilight Saga” film series (2008-12). Her film credit includes “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012), “Equals” by Drake Doremus (2015) “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ang Lee (2016), and several Festival de Cannes Selections such as “On the Road” by Walter Salles (2012) “Clouds of Sils Maria” (2014) and “Personal Shopper” (2016) both by Olivier Assayas (2014) as well as “Café Society” by Woody Allen. She directed her first short film “Come Swim” in 2017.

Denis Villeneuve – Canadian director, writer

Internationally renowned and recently two-time Academy Award winner for “Blade Runner 2049,” Denis Villeneuve made his debut at the National Film Board of Canada in the early 90’s. His first feature, “Un 32 août sur Terre” (1998) was invited to Cannes. He returned there with “Next Floor” (2008), “Polytechnique” (2009) and the Oscar nominated “Sicario” (2015). In 2010 “Incendies” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. In 2017, Arrival was nominated for 8 Oscars and 9 BAFTAs, including best movie and best director.

Andreï Zvyagintsev – Russian director, writer

Multi-award winning filmmaker Andreï Zvyagintsev has already become one of the most respected directors in Russian and international cinema. He directed his first feature film in 2003 The Return which won him a “Golden Lion” at the Venice Film Festival. He has continued to write and direct award-winning feature films “The Banishment” (2007), “Elena” (2011) and “Leviathan” (2014). His most recent film “Loveless” won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Festival de Cannes, and was among the nominees at the Golden Globe and 90th Academy Awards.

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Tribeca 2018 Women Directors: Meet Laura Bispuri — “Daughter of Mine”

“Daughter of Mine”

Laura Bispuri’s short film “Passing Time” was selected as one of the best international shorts by France’s Académie des César, and her next short, “Biondina,” was awarded Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Award for Most Promising Director. Bispuri’s first feature, “Sworn Virgin,” premiered in Competition at the Berlinale in 2015. It was presented in more than 80 festivals worldwide, and received numerous awards, including the prestigious Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival

Daughter of Mine” will premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 20.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Lb: This is the story of Vittoria, who — during the summer of her 10th birthday — finds out that she has two mothers. It is the story of a child who is divided between two mothers — the foster mother who brought her up with a lot of love and devotion for ten years,
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Cannes Competition Numbers Remain Predictably Low For Female Directors

Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun” will screen in Competition

“The world will never be the same again, the Cannes Film Festival will never be the same again,” said Cannes Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux of a post Harvey Weinstein world. The fest just announced their 2018 lineup, and Cannes doesn’t seem to have gotten the #TimesUp memo. Of 18 films announced in the main Competition this year, just three are women-directed.

Fremaux has a lot to say about how Cannes is changing, but shouldn’t these changes be self-evident? Why do we continue to hear defensiveness instead of actual change?

“We will discuss our own practices with the festival team,” he said, adding that more women are now working for the event. “We will discuss equality of salary, we want to question our own process about the parity of the juries,” he said.

But what about the actual films the internationally renowned fest is screening?
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Cannes 2018: Festival Competition Slate Increases Female Filmmaker Percentage Without Making New Strides

Cannes 2018: Festival Competition Slate Increases Female Filmmaker Percentage Without Making New Strides
This year’s Cannes Film Festival competition announcement continues a worrying trend in the history of the lauded festival: a slate dominated by male directors. The 2018 competition lineup includes the highest number of films from female filmmakers since 2011 — but that’s only a sign of growth due to the even smaller number of films from women in the 2017 lineup.

This year’s festival will play home to new works from Nadine Labaki, Eva Husson, and Alice Rohrwacher, who will compete in a smaller competition section (although the festival may add more films in the days ahead).

As happened last year, when the festival’s competition slate also included just three female directors, the 2018 edition of the event cut down slightly on the competition entries. The section typically vacillates between 23 and 18 offerings each year, which means the total percentage of competing female filmmakers was yet again nominally bumped up even though
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Netflix v Cannes: what the film festival feud means for the future of cinema

Cannes will announce its 2018 lineup shortly, but new films by Netflix are likely to be notable for their absence. It’s a conflict that could have major ramifications for the industry

The Cannes film festival boasts some of the noisiest audiences in the world – and if they don’t like your movie, you’ll soon know about it. A few years ago, before they were reupholstered, the seats in the 2,300-capacity Grand Theatre Lumière would automatically flip up, making a booming sound to mark the early exit of disgruntled critics. Booing and jeering are common when the end credits roll. But last year’s festival marked a first: at several screenings, audiences took to hissing and whistling before the movie had even started.

The focus of their wrath was the Netflix logo that preceded Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories. It was the first time
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Martin Scorsese to receive Cannes Directors' Fortnight Carrosse d'Or award

Martin Scorsese to receive Cannes Directors' Fortnight Carrosse d'Or award
Directors’ Fortnight honour; 50th anniversary screening of Mean Streets.

French directors guild the Société des Réalisateurs de Film (Srf) has named Martin Scorsese this year’s recipient of the Carrosse d’Or, to be awarded during the opening night of the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in May.

As part of this year’s 50th anniversary Directors’ Fortnight, Scorsese’s Mean Streets (originally presented in the 1974 Fortnight) will screen on May 9, with a conversation with the filmmaker to follow.

The Carrosse d’Or has been awarded since 2002 by the Srf to honour one of its own during the Directors’ Fortnight opening ceremony.
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Carrosse d’Or to Martin Scorsese

Carrosse d’Or to Martin Scorsese
Directors’ Fortnight honour; 50th anniversary screening of Mean Streets.

French directors guild the Société des Réalisateurs de Film (Srf) has named Martin Scorsese this year’s recipient of the Carrosse d’Or, to be awarded during the opening night of the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in May.

As part of this year’s 50th anniversary Directors’ Fortnight, Scorsese’s Mean Streets (originally presented in the 1974 Fortnight) will screen on May 9, with a conversation with the filmmaker to follow.

The Carrosse d’Or has been awarded since 2002 by the Srf to honour one of its own during the Directors’ Fortnight opening ceremony.
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From Boyhood to Get Out – why the 2010s is my favourite film decade

The last seven years has given us career bests from visionary veterans and a horde of hungry up-and-comers ready to drag Hollywood into modernity. The death of cinema? We’ve never had it so good

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The faint whiff of something rotting at the back of the fridge has attached itself to cinema in recent years. A feeling that movies are on their way out, past their best. It’s a view endorsed by Martin Scorsese (“Cinema is gone”), Ridley Scott (“Cinema mainly is pretty bad”) and Jane Campion (“The really clever people do television”). Thing is, they’re wrong.

Okay, this decade hasn’t slam-dunked the greatest film ever made, not yet. But the past seven-and-a-bit years have given us vital movies, movies that matter.
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Cannes Director Thierry Fremaux: Jessica Chastain Helped Me Understand the ‘Female Gaze’ and Need for Equality

The film industry is changing, and Cannes is changing with it. Well, kind of: Thierry Fremaux, the festival’s director, is still resistant to the idea of including Netflix titles in the Official Selection unless their movies open in theaters and has called for a ban on red-carpet selfies. That said, he knows that Cannes must strive for equality in the selection process — something he credits Jessica Chastain with helping him realize.

“We are equalizing the proportion of women staffing the festival and within our selection committees, which is important: last year, Jessica Chastain, who was on the jury, made me understand the importance of the ‘female gaze’ during the selection process,” he explains in an interview with Variety. Chastain was on the jury last year, and used her platform to call for more films that accurately represent the female experience.

“I do hope that when we include more female
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Cannes: Thierry Fremaux Explains Fest’s Thinking on Red Carpet Selfie Ban, Netflix Policy and #Metoo

Cannes: Thierry Fremaux Explains Fest’s Thinking on Red Carpet Selfie Ban, Netflix Policy and #Metoo
Three weeks ahead of the much anticipated unveiling of the official selection, Cannes Film Festival’s director Thierry Fremaux talked to Variety about the festival’s new era, the impact of the Harvey Weinstein scandal on the industry and whether Cannes will take note of the #metoo movement in its lineup of events. Fremaux also talked about the “Netflix rule” and shake-ups for the upcoming 71st edition.

Are you planning to have any events related to Time’s Up or #MeToo during the festival?

It’s not the festival’s role to organize “#MeToo events,” because we don’t have the skills or the legitimacy to do so. We prefer to bring together all the initiatives which will be launched here and there at Cannes. We are having a lot of discussions, we’re exchanging thoughts to get ready for the festival. We are also considering our own practices. For instance,
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards: Craft nominations full list led by ‘The Crown,’ ‘Taboo,’ ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Blue Planet II’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’

2018 BAFTA TV Awards: Craft nominations full list led by ‘The Crown,’ ‘Taboo,’ ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Blue Planet II’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’
The BAFTA TV Craft Awards honor skills in 19 different categories. Nine of these are devoted to fictional programming, another four to factual, and six are in combined fields. Winners will be revealed during a ceremony on Sunday, April 22 to be hosted by “Episodes” star Stephen Mangan. Nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards will be announced on Wednesday, April 4 with that ceremony taking place on Sunday, May 13.

Fiction

Costume Design

The Crown

Game of Thrones

Peaky Blinders

Taboo

Director (Fiction)

Jane Campion, “Top of the Lake: China Girl”

Mackenizie Crook, “Detectorists

Paul Whittington, “Little Boy Blue

Phillipa Lowthorpe, “Three Girls

Editing (Fiction)

The Crown

Line of Duty

Peaky Blinders

Three Girls

Makeup And Hair Design

Gunpowder

“The Miniaturist – The Forge”

Peaky Blinders

Taboo

Photography And Lighting (Fiction)

Against the Law

Black Mirror

The Crown

Taboo

Production Design

Black Mirror

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The State

Sound (Fiction)

Black Mirror

The Crown
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Elisabeth Moss Joins the Most Badass Movie of 2019

The ‘Mad Men’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ star is a perfect next ingredient for ‘The Kitchen.’ It’s a good time to be Elisabeth Moss. In the last year alone, she racked up awards for her leading role in the hit Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, reprised her role as Detective Robin Griffin in Jane Campion’s […]

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Cannes: Martin Scorsese to Receive Directors' Fortnight Golden Coach Honor

Cannes: Martin Scorsese to Receive Directors' Fortnight Golden Coach Honor
The French Directors’ Guild will honor Martin Scorsese with this year’s Carrosse d’Or, the Golden Coach prize, during the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.

The honor will be handed out on May 9 during the opening ceremony of the festival sidebar. For its 50th anniversary, the French Directors’ Guild Srf said it was "proud to celebrate an outstanding and inspiring filmmaker."

Last year, Werner Herzog won the award. Jia Zhangke, Jane Campion, Jim Jarmusch, Clint Eastwood and Alain Resnais are among the other directors honored since the prize was created in 2002.

The Cannes Film Festival this year runs May 8-19.

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Mary Magdalene review – atasteful Re lesson

Despite Rooney Mara’s best efforts, there’s nothing much about Mary in this earnest attempt to restore the saint’s reputation

As the film’s written coda explains, Mary Magdalene has long been misidentified as a prostitute. Garth Davis’s attractive, unsmiling drama sets out to revise this myth, telling a version of the New Testament that attempts to make the female saint the story’s protagonist. When Rooney Mara’s Mary flees an arranged marriage, her orthodox community insist on exorcising the “demon” that has taken up residence in her body. But there is no demon, she insists, just “my thought, my fear, my longing, my unhappiness”.

It’s no surprise, then, that when Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix, whose shoutiness clashes horribly with Davis’s muted naturalism) and his disciples roll into town, her interest is piqued by his suggestion that she “ignore” her father and husband and instead
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SXSW 2018 Women Directors: Meet Jackie Van Beek and Madeleine Sami — “The Breaker Upperers”

“The Breaker Upperers”

Jackie Van Beek is a writer-director and actor who has made seven award-winning short films that have played at international festivals including Berlin, London, Palm Springs, and Melbourne. Her first feature film, “The Inland Road,” premiered in competition at the 2017 Berlinale and is currently on the festival circuit. She recently directed on the television spin-off for “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Wellington Paranormal.”

Writer-director and actor Madeleine Sami has created, co-written, and starred in two seasons of the critically-acclaimed New Zealand comedy “Super City.” Sami also directed the second season of the hit sketch comedy show “Funny Girls.” Her television acting credits include “Outrageous Fortune,” “The Jacquie Brown Diarie,s” and Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake.”

The Breaker Upperers” will premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival on March 10.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Jv&Ms: A comedy about
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2018 Oscars: ‘Lady Bird’ showed both good and bad signs for women at Academy Awards

2018 Oscars: ‘Lady Bird’ showed both good and bad signs for women at Academy Awards
March 8 is International Women’s Day, so I think it’s worth reflecting on the conclusion to this awards season. At the 2018 Oscars “Lady Bird” got left in the cold like a high school senior without a date for prom. The academy went to great lengths in celebrating women this year. They showcased the #MeToo movement and presenters raised gender equality issues. However, the voters failed to award this groundbreaking accomplishment in women’s filmmaking, suggesting there is still room for Hollywood to grow.

SEEDirector Ava DuVernay back in the Oscar discussion yet again thanks to Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time

The film was written and directed by Greta Gerwig and its nomination haul was impressive for such a female-driven film. It’s only the second film directed and written by a woman to score Oscar nominations for Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actress and Supporting Actress.

The other time was
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Director Ava DuVernay back in the Oscar discussion yet again thanks to Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Director Ava DuVernay back in the Oscar discussion yet again thanks to Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
Ava DuVernay‘s latest film “A Wrinkle in Time” entered the Oscar discussion in a unique way this week when Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel invited a bunch of celebs to crash a screening of the film next door to the Dolby Theatre. Three years ago DuVernay’s film “Selma” (2014) earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination but she was infamously snubbed, creating an outcry for more females and people of color to be recognized. Two years later her Netflix doc “13th” (2016) received a bid for Best Documentary Feature, so DuVernay officially became an Oscar-nominated filmmaker. Will Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” which will be released Friday, March 9, bring DuVernay back to the Oscars in 2019?

See 2018 Oscars: Complete list of winners (and losers)

After focusing on such heavy projects as “Selma” and “13th,” DuVernay told Gold Derby’s Daniel Montgomery last year, “That’s why I’m glad that I
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Oscars 2018 Winners, the Complete List

Oscars 2018 Winners, the Complete List
The biggest names in Hollywood have gathered at the Kodak Theater in the Hollywood and Highland center for the 90th Annual The Academy Awards tonight, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. As the Oscars are handed out, we'll be updating this story live with all of the big winners, so you can keep refreshing to find out the latest news, if you're unable to watch from home. There will definitely be a number of intriguing stories to keep an eye on tonight, one of which being how prevalent the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are at the ceremony.

During the Golden Globes in January, a number of stars, male and female alike, sported special pins in support of the Times Up Now movement, while also wearing black to support the cause. Times Up Now was formed at the beginning of this year by a coalition of over 300 women in the entertainment industry, from actresses to writers,
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