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In its first trial, the Cannes Film Festival's ban on selfie-taking on the red carpet was adhered to by most, but not all, at Tuesday's opening night ceremony. Before accepting the position of jury president, Blanchett said that she had laid out her own stipulations to Frémaux.

Kristen completed her Chanel look with a lion brooch, which is the symbol for the city and festival.

On the cusp of the 71st Cannes, which begins Tuesday with the premiere of Asghar Farhadi's Everybody Knows, with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Chastain's piercing criticism still hovers over a festival that finds itself, unlike it has in decades, in tumult. They are here because of the quality of work.

Gilliam, who was born in America and became a United Kingdom subject in 1968, is one of the few British filmmakers with a presence at this year's Cannes.

"There will be more and more [female filmmakers] in the future", Fremaux said, noting that at this year's festival a group of about 100 women will walk the red carpet as a group in a gesture meant to "affirm their presence".

And as long as Cate continues to carry considerable power at the festival, she indicated a desire to help facilitate that long-awaited change.

Blanchett is this year's jury president of the festival. "Being attractive doesn't preclude being intelligent", she said.

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Amid the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Blanchett and Stewart could join actresses and women directors on Saturday in a protest in support of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

"Is (MeToo) going to have a direct impact upon the films in competition this year, six, nine months on?"

Among those attending the red carpet will be all five female members of the jury: Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Burundian songwriter Khadja Nin. That may be the case, and the festival may very well do similar.

"Cinema is voice", DuVernay said. There was something outside of my purview to orient me to my place in the world. Cannes blocked Netflix from attending, by mandating that all films in competition must have theatrical distribution in France. Chastain, while not connected with any film playing at the festival this year, will in a way still be influencing the conversation.

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is also likely to tackle the lack of black faces in Hollywood in a Cannes masterclass. His film - "The House That Jack Built" - stars Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman.

A year ago von Trier denied he had sexually harassed Bjork after the Icelandic singer accused a director she did not name of behaving inappropriately. She's here with Les Filles du Soleil (Girls of the Sun), based on a true story; it stars Golshifteh Farahani and Emmanuelle Bercot in a war drama about an all-female battalion seeking to retake a Kurdish town once held by militants for Daesh, also known as ISIS.