First Pictures: Cannes Film Festival Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals

Golden couple Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem walk the red carpet to open Cannes Film Festival

This year, the panel is dominated by women including actresses Lea Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, director Ava DuVernay, artist Khadja Nin as well as male directors Robert Guediguian, Denis Villenueve, Andrewy Zvyagintsev and Taiwanese actor Chang Chen.

Veteran director Martin Scorsese and Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett officially opened the.

But, once you've caught up on what went down at Rihanna's after party, let's cross the North Atlantic Ocean and stop off in France for you now must attend the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, hangover and all.

Huma Qureshi, who joined the league this year, has also left us stunned with her first appearance at the film festival.

Penelope Cruz, director Asghar Farhadi and Javier Bardem at a Cannes photocall Wednesday for their film, 'Everybody Knows'.

It was interesting to note that the festival organisers kept the red carpet selfie free. Blanchett, the head of this year's female-majority jury, stressed the fact that the director's gender would not be a consideration and will have no consequences on the result of the jury members, including her and her fellow jurors who have assessed their films.

'It's not something we plan on doing every two years, ' she added.

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Von Trier was also reinstituted this year after being banned from the festival Cannes ban in 2011 for joking about being a Nazi and having sympathy for Hitler.

"But these things are not going to happen overnight", she said.

She shared: "Would I like to see more women in competition?"

The news conference was the last time the five-women, four-men jury will speak to the media until the end of the fortnight.

"It's not a political film festival", she replied, insisting that all films will be judged exclusively on their artistic merits.

A politically charged Cannes Film festival has just opened in the French Riviera under the enormous shadow of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

"This is not the Nobel Peace Prize, it's the Palme d'Or".

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