Cate Blanchett named 2018 Cannes Film Festival jury president

Angelo Anderson
January 12, 2018

Cate Blanchett, the two-time Academy Award victor and Australian queen of our hearts, will be the president of this year's Cannes Film Festival jury.

"I'm going to Cannes for years as an actress, as a producer, for gala nights and for competition sessions, even for market".

Ms. Blanchett worked with the Weinstein Company on "The Aviator", for which she was named best supporting actress at the 2004 Academy Awards. This year's star-studded event on the French Riviera will take place from May 8-19. But he had not yet gone by mere pleasure of taking advantage of abundance of films of this great festival, "said actress in a statement after news announced by festival".

She is "a rare and unique artist with talent and conviction", the Cannes Film Festival organisers said.

"I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year's jury".

The appointment of Blanchett, 48, comes months after she expressed her support to the dozens of women who came forward with allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood mogul.

"This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that odd and vital endeavour that all peoples share, understand and crave", she added.

In a joint statement, they added: "Our conversations this autumn convince us she will be a committed president, and a passionate and generous spectator".

The Blue Jasmine actress is the first female president since Jane Campion presided over the jury in 2014.

The Oscar-winning actress was one of the 300 women who launched the Time's Up initiative this week, which vows to end sexual harassment in the workplace.

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