Martin Scorsese, Cate Blanchett open Cannes festival

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Jury members Andrey Zvyagintsev, from left, Chang Chen, Cate Blanchett, Denis Villeneuve and Robert Guediguian pose for photographers during a photo call for the jury at the 71st worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The big event took place in Mumbai on Tuesday morning and soon, we will see the actress set the red carpet on fire at Cannes Film Festival 2018. Three of the films in the competition are directed by women: Nadine Labaki, Eva Husson and Alice Rohrwacher. She is the 12th woman to lead the jury.

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Of the three white women, two - Ms Blanchett herself and French actress Lea Seydoux (Blue is The Warmest Colour) - have spoken about about being sexually harassed by Mr Weinstein.

Also on the jury that will decide this year's Palme d'Or are Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, French director Robert Guediguian and Chinese actor Chang Chen.

"Would I like to see more women in competition?" Blanchett said. "Absolutely." She added that she "hoped" would happen in the future.

In an interview published in Vanity Fair last week, Blanchett revealed that Weinstein sexually harassed her.

Blanchett, who called their plight "a bad situation " was asked it that would alter the way their films are judged.

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Scorsese - whose film Taxi Driver had previously won the festival's top award, the Palme d'Or - was brought out to officially open the festival with Blanchett.

The stars gathered on the red carpet for the first Cannes Film Festival in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Portuguese producer Paulo Branco claims he has the rights to the movie and has sued Cannes organisers to stop them from showing it.

"Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey-that's the price you pay. These are adults; we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition", he has said in interviews.

The festival announced that women would also be in the majority on juries deciding two other major Cannes awards - the Golden Camera and "Un Certain Regard" prizes, reserved for emerging directors or unexpected or marginal themes.

"Not only Cannes, but the whole world changed last September..."

So, when Cannes Film festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux walked into an impromptu press conference on Monday, a day ahead of the festival opening, many among the press corps expected him to address the media's misgivings.

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