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A tumultuous Cannes Film Festival concluded Saturday with the Palme d'Or awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Shoplifters," a tender portrait of a poor, impoverished family, while Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento vowed justice will come to all sexual predators.While many speculated that the Cate Blanchett-led jury might award only the second Palme d'Or to a film directed by a woman, the most likely contender – Lebanese director Nadine Labaki's "Caphernaum" – was instead given Cannes' third-place Jury Prize. The 12-day festival was the first since the downfall of Weinstein, who was for decades an annual fixture in Cannes.Just days later, with Blanchett's jury looking on, Cannes' Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux signed a pledge to make the festival's selection process more transparent and promised other measures to improve the festival's record of including female filmmakers.Following last year's Cannes, jury member Jessica Chastain was critical about the female representation on view in that year's films.Three of this year's 21 films in competition were directed by women.
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