Is Cannes ready to adapt to the age of #MeToo?

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A Cannes Film Festival grappling with issues of gender equality and other winds of change was declared open Tuesday by Martin Scorsese and Cate Blanchett, arm in arm, before the premiere of Asghar Farhadi's "Everybody Knows". She is the 12th woman to lead the jury. This year it launched a hotline for sexual harassment victims and child care for mothers.

They said it was "necessary" to rethink the programme, adding: "The underlying logic was based..."

"Last year was episode one".

Born into a family of actors, Chang got his first leading role aged 14 in "A Brighter Summer Day", a violent four-hour epic about warring street gangs. When Cannes announced an initial selection of 18 films only in competition, with some big names missing, the Director of the Festival simply asked the speculators to wait.

Stewart, a Los Angeles native, was first spotted by a talent scout at age eight and had her breakout role opposite Jodie Foster in the 2002 thriller "Panic Room".

But the numbers show the festival still has some way to go in the battle of the sexes.

For even veterans of Cannes, this year will look and feel different.

But her career made a quantum leap when, at 17, she played broody teen Bella Swan who falls in love with a vampire in the "Twilight" films. Among these five, one is African-American director Ava DuVernay (nominated for the Golden Globe for Selma, 2014), and there's Khadja Nin, a singer-musician from Burundi.

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The festival has suffered from widespread criticism in recent weeks for only selecting three female directors as part of this year's competition.

In March, she signed on to make the DC Comics superhero blockbuster, "The New Gods".

He also directed the much praised "Le voyage en Armenie", a story set in his ancestral homeland.

He also regretted not being able to programme Alfonso Cuaron's film "Roma", about the director's growing-up years in Mexico.

Most wanted to know, through variously framed questions, how the Cannes film festival would change things, how it was responding to the culture of ignoring talented women in the film industry, and whether, while deciding who to hand over this year's Palme d'Or to, it will be taking affirmative action. While it is unfortunate that they couldn't be here, she stressed that what they had would be judging for "is not Nobel Peace Prize but Palme D'Or".

Two-time Oscar victor Cate is best known for films including Blue Jasmine, The Aviator and Carol, for which she was also nominated.

Chuyen, born in 1968, has been popular with "Choi voi" (Lonely) which won the Fipresci International Critics Prize at the 66th Venice Film Festival and "Cuoc xe dem" (Night Run) which won the Cinefoundation's third prize at the Cannes Film Festival.