"It is extremely important that we have change [after Weinstein]". "This will be a very different Cannes without Weinstein". Festival director Thierry Fremaux said the event is designed, in his words, "to affirm their presence". He has stocked the competition lineup with eight first timers.
And of course, he also spoke about outlawing selfies from the red carpet.
Icelandic pop singer Björk had alleged in October that Von Trier had sexually harassed her during the making of the movie "Dancer in the Dark", claims denied by the Danish film director.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will be the only Hollywood blockbuster screened during the fortnight.
She conceded that the dialogue about women in Hollywood hadn't changed Cannes yet.
The affair has prompted the film festival to set up an anti-sexual harassment hotline this year. For that to happen, however, Cannes rules would have to be changed.
The festival will feature actor Dhanush's "The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir" at Film Mkt/India Day, Nawazuddin Siddiqui's "Manto", which has been selected in the Un Certain Regard section, Tillotama Shome's "Sir", which is in competition at Critics Week, and Dinakar Rao's "Asthi" that will feature in the Short-film Corner segment.
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.
Throughout the film festival, the GCC team of fashion supply chain and fiber experts will be working with talents like Blanchett, as well as fashion houses, designers, stylists, and even fabric mills and textile laboratories, in hopes of shifting the perception and production of fashion toward sustainability. But the press conference for the jurors-which includes Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay and Denis Villeneuve-sidestepped that hot button issue.
There are 21 films in the main competition vying for the prestigious Palme d'Or. "There are many women on the jury, but I wish there were more in competition", she told French radio Tuesday.
"She was first and foremost elected president because she is a great actress", he said. "You're going to make me suffer, you are going to reject me and just not care for me, and leave it for fate to raise me?'" How has it changed the film industry? "We learnt about it from the media", said local hospitality union head Alain Lahouti, a sentiment echoed by others AFP spoke to in Cannes.
Another Iranian with a movie in competition, Jafar Panahi, will be unable to attend the festival as he is officially banned from film-making by his government. Chastain, while not connected with any film playing at the festival this year, will in a way still be influencing the conversation.