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The 71st Cannes Film Festival opened Tuesday with the premiere of Asghar Farhadi's "Everybody Knows," but the spotlight at the first post-Harvey Weinstein edition of the glamorous French Rivera gathering was focused on the issue of gender equality. Ahead of the premiere of the Iranian filmmaker's Spanish-language debut, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Cannes jury president Cate Blanchett introduced the female-majority jury that will decide this year's Palme d'Or, among the most prestigious honors in cinema.Competing for the Palme are 21 films, including new releases from directors Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski and Jean-Luc Godard.The shadow of disgraced film mogul Weinstein looms over this year's Cannes.Others have pressured Cannes to confront its role in the scandal. Weinstein is alleged to have raped Italian filmmaker and actress Asia Argento at the 1997 Cannes festival. Before the festival began, controversy dominated the Cannes landscape. After two Netflix films played in competition as last year's Cannes festival – prompting protests from French exhibitors – the Cannes board of directors ruled that a film in competition at Cannes must have French distribution.Faced with the prospect of only showing its films out of competition, Netflix withdrew its films from Cannes.
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