Among those attending the red carpet will be all five female members of the jury: Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Burundian songwriter Khadja Nin.
Fremaux says the Weinstein sex abuse accusations forced the festival to examine itself and do more to improve gender equality.
“It isn’t just the Cannes Film Festival that’s going to change,“ he said Tuesday. “The whole world has changed.“
Others have pressured Cannes to accept its part in the issue. Weinstein is accused of raping Italian filmmaker and actor Asia Argento at the 1997 Cannes festival. Weinstein has denied the accusation.
France’s secretary of state in charge of gender equality, Marlene Schiappa, said of the issue: “What emerged in Cannes must be fought in Cannes.
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The Associated Press reported this story. Caty Weaver adapted it for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
Words in This Story
cinema - n. the film industry
celebrity - n. the state of being famous or celebrated
gender - n. the state of being male or female
assess - v. to make a judgment about (something)
shadow - n. dark shape that appears on a surface when someone or something moves between the surface and a source of light (often used figuratively)
affirm - v. to show a strong belief in or dedication to (something, such as an important idea)
hotline - n. a telephone service for the public to use to get help in emergencies