Cannes Film Festival reveals Palme d´Or contenders

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General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux answers reporters' questions during a press conference for the presentation of the 71st Cannes film festival, in Paris, Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The director of the Cannes Film Festival has called the allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein “an earthquake” for the movie industry.

But Thierry Fremaux said the quality of films, not gender quotas, remained the top factor in selecting this year’s line-up.

Organisers unveiled the 18 films competing for the Palme d’Or prize next month, with a line-up that includes new movies by Spike Lee and Jean-Luc Godard.

“The world is not the same anymore,” Mr Fremaux told reporters, referring to the Weinstein scandal.

General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux answers reporters’ questions during a press conference for the presentation of the 71st Cannes film festival, in Paris, Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Thierry Fremaux answers reporters´ questions (Francois Mori/AP)