#MeToo will not affect Cannes, says Blanchett

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This year, festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux announced selfies would be outlawed on the red carpet, calling it a "grotesque" practice and safety concern. This will be the film's premiere as the release date for India has not been released yet.

One of the first women to call out Harvey Weinstein, Blanchett recently co-founded the "Time's Up" movement in support of abuse victims. She and Bardem, who won the previous year for "No Country for Old Men", are respectively the first Spanish man and woman to win an acting Oscar.

"I spoke to him yesterday".

Kangana had left for the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday night soon after attending Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja's wedding reception. However, according to the Blanchett's opening day speech, she promised that Cannes most definitely is addressing the equality issues and is seeking to address the topic of gender imbalance.

"Cinema is voice", DuVernay said. I continue to hope he will be able to come. "And that for me was very heartening as it taught me that films which talk about your own culture, but with a global perspective will always find resonance across the world", she recalled.

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Before the festival began, controversy dominated the Cannes landscape.

Last year, she went as far as to speak out against Cannes' dated and sexist dress code, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "There's definitely a distinct dress code, right".

Faced with only showing its films out of competition, Netflix withdrew its films from Cannes. Since then, both sides have expressed some regret over their disagreement.

Also prohibited from attending the showing of his film at the festival is Russian film director Kirill Serebrennikov, who remains under house arrest in Moscow. A buzz could be expected on Sunday when the film, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the eponymous role, surfaces in the competitive Un certain regard section. He is making his debut in association with Magnum at the film festival set in the French Riviera where he is going to gift an exclusive accessory to American supermodel Bella Hadid.

But Danish provocateur filmmaker Lars von Trier will return to Cannes seven years after being declared "persona non grata" for joking about being a Nazi and having sympathy for Hitler. She looked like a film star from the 1920's.