Cate Blanchett will preside over the jury of the 71st Cannes film Festival

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The australian actress Cate Blanchett, at the Cannes film Festival 2015

The actress and activist against sexual harassment, Cate Blanchett will be the president of the jury of the next Cannes film Festival, the 71st edition will be held from 8 to 19 may next.


The australian actress aged 48 years, will be succeeded by the Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.


In a press release issued Thursday, the leaders of the festival, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux were also pleased to host the ” artist rare and unique, including the talent and the belief, soaking up the cinema screens as the scenes of a theatre “. In their opinion, it will be a chairperson, committed and passionate.


Cate Blanchett, who is a mother of four children, was one of the first celebrities to openly stand against the american producer Harvey Weinstein accused since last October by one hundred women of harassment, sexual assault, or rape.


She has received two oscars during his career, in 2005 and in 2014.


The selection of Cate Blanchett as president occurs several months after she had expressed its support to the dozens of women who have publicly accused the producer Harvey Weinstein assaults and sexual harassment.


The organizers of the Cannes film Festival did not mention the scandal or the engagement of Cate Blanchett in the fight against sexual harassment.


“I have been coming to Cannes for years as an actress, as a producer, for gala evenings, and for the sessions in the Competition for the Market the same, said the actress via press release. But I’m still ever come for the single pleasure of enjoying the cornucopia of films that is this grand festival. “


“The privilege that makes me to ask me to preside over the jury and the responsibility that will be mine to me filled with humility. “