Australian actor Cate Blanchett has been named jury president of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, opening May 8. She follows Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and becomes the 12th woman to head the Cannes jury.
Responding to the announcement, Blanchett said: “I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the Gala-sphere and in Competition but never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbours.”
Blanchett, a two-time Oscar-winner, is prominent in the Hollywood campaign against sexual harassment. She is one of 300 influential women who launched 'Time's Up' on New Year's Day.