Magazine article Variety

Cannes Jury Chief Minces No Words

Magazine article Variety

Cannes Jury Chief Minces No Words

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Much has transpired in Hollywood and the world at large since Cate Blanchett last graced our Cannes cover three years ago for the festival's premiere of her romance tale "Carol"

I ordinarily don't write cover stories because I have an ace team of reporters and writers who excel at that. But I couldn't resist the chance to interview the woman who is only the 12 th female president of the Cannes jury in the festival's history (Jeanne Moreau served twice), and whose work as an artist and a humanitarian I truly admire.

There's another reason I wanted to take this on: to converse with a bright, engaged individual not about her latest movie but to learn her insights into such substantive issues as feminism, activism, politics and the struggle toward true equality for women. Blanchett's willingness to openly discuss any topic I threw at her with unfiltered candor and no attempt to spin or evade me was incredibly refreshing.

Parts of our conversation that I think are noteworthy didn't make it into the piece. Addressing her relationship to art and story, she says: "If there's a function to art at all, it's to form empathetic connections between the impossible and the possible. …

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