As the Guardian reported in May, numerous assaults Weinstein is alleged to have committed took place in Cannes, and for years he was seen as "one of Cannes' princes" who treated the annual event as his "private playground". "For me, I don't think that the choice should be made because of that".
"Last year was episode one".
Competing for the Palme are 21 films, including new releases from directors Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski (the Oscar-winning "Ida") and Jean-Luc Godard.
Capharnaum has been in the making for the past five years for Labaki. 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.
Her research drove her to interact with children in detention centres, juvenile prisons and down-and-out neighbourhoods in her home country. Two Japanese filmmakers are also in the Competition: Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose films have always been popular in Thailand, will present the domestic drama Shoplifters; while Ryusuke Hamaguchi, whose Happy Hour screened in Bangkok a year ago, will make his first Cannes presence with Asako I & II. "This will be a very different Cannes without Weinstein".
Also on hand, Thai actress Araya Hargate wowed in a red embellished gown boasting a midriff-baring cut-out and two dangerously high slits. "I hope so ... but we're dealing with what we have in front of us", Blanchett said.
"For me, I'm proud to be able to express myself through cinema, and I'm proud to be able to express my views as a woman". "We will assess them as filmmakers, as we should".
At this point, a day before the fest begins, I'm feeling various emotions: I'm excited, as usual; I'm nervous, as usual; I'm anxious about the press screening schedule/changes; I'm very curious to see how everyone will respond; and I'm happy to be here, of course. Of course that's going on in our industry.
"Many wheeler-dealers and producers still parade with paid-for models or prostitutes on their arms, which makes female film-makers deeply uneasy about what, precisely, is valued by the money men". "I said we really need gender and racial parity [in the jury]", revealed Blanchett.
"Of course it's coming soon".
On the first day of the annual film festival, Cate was presiding over a press conference for the 2018 jury members when a male reporter allegedly posed a question to the four male jury members: 'Why do movies still matter?'