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Padukone, who also a part of the annual film festival previous year as the brand ambassador of leading hair and make-up product brand, L'Oreal, will once again be representing the brand at the event.

Cate Blanchett also addressed the audience when she was introduced before Scorsese and said that she was honoured to be chair the prestigious jury that awards the highest film honour at Cannes known as the Palme d'Or.

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has called on the Iranian government to allow his countryman and fellow director Jafar Panahi to attend the Cannes Film Festival. "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. "Absolutely." Blanchett stated that was her hope for the future of women in cinema. No wonder how the fans of Deepika, Kangana, Aishwarya and Sonam are going to deal with this new rule that the festival organisers have implemented this year.

"We were very happy to see our movie open the competition, and, at the same, to see a deal that took years to reach broken by just one person was a awful event for my people", he said.

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Blanchett noted the festival has improved the gender parity of its selection committees.

Cannes has come under criticism for years for not selecting more women directors. For two decades, Weinstein had been an omnipresent figure at the festival, where several of his alleged sex crimes took place. To evaluate new work will be - Kristen Stewart, Lea seydoux, Denis Villeneuve, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Chang Chen, Ava Duvernay, Robert Guédiguian and All NIN.

Cate Blanchett became the latest star to recycle an old gown as she hit the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday in familiar black lace Giorgio Armani Prive ball gown. "The whole world has changed".

The Australian actress, who is the jury chairman at the 10-day movie spectacular, helped to kick off the 71st Cannes, and turned heads with her decision to dig out a dress she'd worn before.

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