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At the same time, the biggest bone of contention about the event is how few films by women have been chosen for the main competition: three in a field of 21. 2018 marks the first year without the ubiquitous figure and thus amid the subsequent #MeToo movement, the festival's jury president Cate Blanchett, was strongly questioned by journalists on the lack of representation of female directors. "When I was in my 20s, I thought the more I would torture myself and the more I would stay in character for months, the better the result would be", she recalled.

She said, 'I said [to Cannes director Thierry Fremaux] we really need gender and racial parity [in the jury]'. "It is a potentially democratizing tool for young filmmakers and industry players of tomorrow who may not be in a position to budget in attendance at all the yearly markets".

In the entire schedule of films, the only blockbuster hit that will be projected in the festival during the fortnight is "Solo: A Star Wars Story".

Penelope Cruz insisted she and her husband Javier Bardem earned the same amount for their latest movie "Everybody Knows", as she spoke about the film at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday morning.

Those will include all five female members of the jury: Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Burundian songwriter Khadja Nin.

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.

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

Yesterday's opening press conference at the 71st Cannes Film Festival quickly established that this year was going to be unlike any other. In the film, Laura (Cruz) and her two children travel from Argentina to her home village in Spain for her sister's wedding.

Scorsese, who won the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, for "Taxi Driver", was in Cannes for an anniversary screening of his 1973 breakthrough "Mean Streets".