Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Cannes 2018: Scandal, protesting stars and bans, the film festival is marred

Cannes 2018: Scandal, protesting stars and bans, the film festival is marred

He has, after a public scuffle, accepted the absence of Netflix films from the festival after being unable to secure theatrical releases for its entries.

Also making a return to Cannes is "Star Wars".

Cannes, a feverish pageant of celebrity and cinema, is trying to both rigorously guard tradition and adapt to fast-changing times.

He has starred in several critically acclaimed Chinese-language films including Hou Hsiao-hsien's "The Assassin", which won the best director award at Cannes in 2015.

Yet some say it's not enough for Cannes to change its clocks.

A Cannes Film Festival grappling with issues of gender equality and other winds of change was declared open Tuesday by Martin Scorsese and Cate Blanchett, arm in arm, before the premiere of Asghar Farhadi's "Everybody Knows".

With the obvious barriers in place, Cannes 2018 is the highly messed up scandal of the year, as reported by The New Indian Express.

He also regretted not being able to programme Alfonso Cuaron's film "Roma", about the director's growing-up years in Mexico.

The night before, Kristen and Cate stepped out to attend a jury dinner.

The other members of the jury that will award this year's Palme d'Or are French actress Lea Seydoux, Taiwanese actor Chang Chen, Burundian singer Khadja Nin, French writer Robert Guediguian and Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev. 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. "For me, I don't think that the choice should be made because of that".

Besides, "Glorious Ashes" directed by renowned Vietnamese director Bui Thac Chuyen will be present at the most prestigious film festival in the world.

As we know that women have been stopped on the Cannes red carpet in previous years for not wearing high heels, and its dress code has been condemned as sexist. She was on her way to the red carpet when the crowd waiting to get a glimpse of the actress started shouting her name.

This year's festival runs from May 8 to 19 at the French Riviera resort. Two filmmakers in competition - Iran's Jafar Panahi and Russia's Kirill Serebrennikov_ are living under house arrest in their home countries.

Fremaux also addressed the situations around two controversial directors — Roman Polanski and Lars von Trier.

The 28-year-old has always been a darling of Cannes, appearing in the main competition in "On the Road" by Walter Salles in 2012 and Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria" and Woody Allen's "Cafe Society" in 2014.

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