Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Cate Blanchett named Jury President of the 71st Cannes Festival

Cate Blanchett to head this year's Cannes Film Festival jury Cate Blanchett set to be Cannes jury president
Bennie Garza | 14 January, 2018, 08:14

The Australian actress will preside over the competition for the 71st festival, which takes place May 8 to May 19.

The Wrap reports Cate is only the 12th female president in the film festival's 71 year history.

Cate Blanchett just added an impressive new title to her name: president!

As jury president, her job will be to watch all 20 films in the main competition and guide other members of the judging panel to a consensus on the much sought after Palme d'Or for best picture and other categories.

Blanchett was among the more than 300 women from the entertainment industry who recently signed an open letter launching the Time's Up initiative to combat sexual harassment.

Last year, the jury president was Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, and the top prize went to the Swedish film "The Square", which was also recently named to the shortlist for this year's Oscar for foreign-language film.

"Any male who's in a position of authority or power, you know, whether he be a film producer or the president of the United States who thinks it's his prerogative to sexually intimidate or abuse women that they come into contact with, whether in the workplace or otherwise, they need to be held to account", Blanchett said. Declaring she was "humbled by the privilege and responsibility" of the role, Blanchett in a statement on Thursday shared some of her own achievements as a festival regular.

"This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story", Blanchett said.

In addition to her stage career, her numerous film credits include Oscar-winning turns in Blue Jasmine and The Aviator, as well as Carol and the upcoming Ocean's Eight.

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