Stars from around the world are heading to Cannes for the prestigious film festival, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. As the French Riviera resort welcomes the film world for the day event, here's what to expect. It's fair to say this is Nicole Kidman's year, with four projects - that's TV as well as film - on show. Directed by Sofia Coppola, the drama is set in an all-female boarding school in America's South during the Civil War and is in competition for the top prize, the Palme d'Or. An injured enemy soldier, played by Colin Farrell, is taken in by the women, but tensions - and sexual jealousy - rise.
'Victims know they can call us' – Cannes sexual harassment hotline up and running
Cannes Film Festival faces new era after #MeToo "tectonic shift" | Reuters
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Cannes Film Festival faces new era after #MeToo "tectonic shift"
Tote bags come with fliers warning that misconduct can lead to prison or a hefty fine. The main jury has more women than men and is led by the Australian actress Cate Blanchett. And on Saturday, 82 women — one for every female-directed film ever selected to compete for the main prize, or less than 5 percent of the total — took over the red carpet for a rally. The reverberations of MeToo are shaking up Cannes, now in the midst of its annual day jamboree, where glitter and megayachts abound.
Created in partnership with the French ministry of gender equality, the hotline is one of several measures introduced by the festival as it looks to reform itself in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Cannes plans to release detailed information about the volume of calls received once the festival is over, but did confirm that several were being taken daily. The majority of calls made to the hotline do not concern participants at the festival, the representative said. Three temporary employees have been hired to staff the hotline, which operates from 9am to 2pm every day through the duration of the festival. The operators were recruited based on their ability to speak multiple languages, be good listeners and show empathy.