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The director of the Cannes Film Festival called the allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein "an earthquake" for the movie industry – but he said the quality of films, not gender quotas, remained the top factor in selecting this year's lineup. Organizers Thursday unveiled the 18 movies competing for the Palme d'Or prize next month, with a lineup that includes new movies by Spike Lee and Jean-Luc Godard.Only three female directors – Nadine Labaki, Alice Rohrwacher and Eva Husson – are on the list of 18 competing movies.While acknowledging that only one female director has won the festival's top prize – Jane Campion for "The Piano" back in 1993 – Fremaux said two women, Cate Blanchett and Ursula Meier, will preside over the official competition and the Golden Camera juries this year.Cannes had earlier banned any films without theatrical distribution in France from its top Palme d'Or competition, essentially ruling out Netflix movies.
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