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Can the Cannes Film Festival adapt to the #MeToo era?




CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17:  The red carpet is rolled out for the start of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. Celebrities, fans and the movie world are descending on Cannes for this year's festival of the screen which begins today.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: The red carpet is rolled out for the start of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. Celebrities, fans and the movie world are descending on Cannes for this year's festival of the screen which begins today. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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It's that time of year again when entertainment journalists flock to the French Riviera to soak up the heat and humidity and attend one of the most prestigious international film festivals: Cannes. 

This year will be the first Cannes since Harvey Weinstein's downfall. The event was one of his notorious hunting grounds. The festival is still grappling with its own #MeToo problems and has set up some features in an effort to adapt to the new era.

"This year Cannes has launched a sexual harassment hotline that people can call," explained Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan, who is at the festival. "The jury has a female chief, Cate Blanchett, and it's a majority female jury. Ava Duvernay, Kristen Stewart are also on the jury, as an attempt to get more women involved among the taste makers of the festival."

But the festival isn't without its critics, who are quick to point out the festival also invited back Lars von Trier, a director whose actresses have accused him of abuse, and it programmed only three women directors in competition.

The consensus seems to be that these are steps in the right direction but not enough.

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