Female stars dominate Cannes festival jury

The President of the 2018 Cannes film festival Australian actress Cate Blanchett and jury members (From Top L to bottom R) Burundian singer and composer Khadja Nin, Chinese actor Chang Chen, American writer-director Ava DuVernay, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev, French actress Lea Seydoux, French director Robert Guediguian and US actress Kristen Stewart. (AFP/Getty)
Updated 19 April 2018
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Female stars dominate Cannes festival jury

  • Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux are included in the jury
  • Organizers clearly felt the need to make a stronger gesture toward women in a year dominated by #MeToo

PARIS: Hollywood actresses Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux will head a starry and majority-female jury at the Cannes film festival next month, the organizers said Wednesday.

American writer-director Ava DuVernay of “Selma” fame and Burundian singer and composer Khadja Nin complete the five women on the nine-person jury that will decide the top Palme d’Or prize.

Chinese actor Chang Chen, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve and French writer Robert Guediguian make up the rest of the panel alongside the great Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev, who organizers said Tuesday would be one of the nine.

In a year when the #MeToo movement has dominated the headlines, and with only three female directors among the 18 in competition, the organizers clearly felt the need to make a stronger gesture toward women.


Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

Updated 20 October 2018
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Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

  • Once the spacecraft arrives in late 2025, it will release two probes that will independently investigate the planet

TOKYO: European and Japanese space agencies say an Ariane 5 rocket has successfully lifted a spacecraft into orbit for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
The European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say the BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French Guiana early Saturday to begin a seven-year journey to Mercury.
The mission is complicated by the intense gravity pull of the sun, forcing the spacecraft to take an elliptical path that involves two fly-bys of Venus and six of Mercury itself.
Once the spacecraft arrives in late 2025, it will release two probes that will independently investigate the surface and magnetic field of Mercury.