Female stars plan protest on Cannes red carpet against industry sexism

The movie industry should also "call time on films which fetishise violence against women and promote a toxic version of masculinity, and instead create art which challenges gender stereotypes and shifts social norms", she said by email.

"Being attractive doesn't preclude being intelligent".

And the task of picking a Palme victor won't be easy, she added: "It's very hard to sit in judgment of another artist". With Hollywood still reeling from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and Cannes under fire for its dearth of women directors, Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart are likely to join other actresses and women directors Saturday in a protest in support of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

The festival has warned attendees that they could be denied entry to a premiere if they take personal photos on the red carpet.

Farhadi's film is one of 21 in the competition for the Palme d'Or.

Will she continue the trend through the festival's run?

Cannes has come under criticism for years for not choosing more women directors.

Director Martin Scorsese, left, and jury president Cate Blanchett appear on stage at the opening ceremony of the 71st worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. And this year is no different, with Julianne Moore leading the pack in red.

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

The two female newcomers in Palme comp are familiar to audiences at TIFF, where their previous films have been well received. It's a story about a boy who launches a lawsuit to rebel against a life he feels has been imposed upon him. "I think the stigma around re-wearing a dress is arbitrary.it's a rule that will fade away like "no white after Labor Day, ' " Stewart says". The Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is set for an global premiere on May 15. Two Japanese filmmakers are also in the Competition: Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose films have always been popular in Thailand, will present the domestic drama Shoplifters; while Ryusuke Hamaguchi, whose Happy Hour screened in Bangkok a year ago, will make his first Cannes presence with Asako I & II. His new work, a thriller about family secrets starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, was chosen as Tuesday's opening-night gala presentation.

A second Russian filmmaker, Andrei Zvyagintsev, is attending the festival and serving on the jury that will award the Palme d'Or. DuVernay offered the best definition: "A film that's of its time but also timeless".

  • Kyle Peterson