Cate Blanchett Just Led a Women's March at Cannes

Cate Blanchett Just Led a Women's March at Cannes

Cate Blanchett Just Led a Women's March at Cannes

This is just one likely reason that the Time's Up movement and a French movement named 5050x2020, representing the advocacy for 50/50 representation by 2020, organized this demonstration. "The world has changed".

Only 82 female directors have ever competed for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, since 1946 compared with nearly 1,700 male directors.

The number of women symbolizes the fact that, in the festival's 71-year history, only 82 films in competition in the official selection have been directed by women - a stark comparison to the more than 1,600 films in competition that were directed by men.

In her speech, Blanchett said 82 women were on the steps because that is the "number of female directors who have climbed these stairs" since Cannes' inception in 1946.

"We must question our history and our habits", added Fremaux.

Cannes has come under repeated criticism in recent years over its poor record of selecting female filmmakers.

The protest was held ahead of the premiere of French filmmaker Eva Husson's "Girls of the Sun", which is about a Kurdish battalion of women soldiers.

Directed by Julio Hernandez Cordon, the film received warm applauses in its first presentation on Monday, a movie in which most of the actors are not professionals, included the 10-year-old younger daughter of the director, Matilde. The move comes as the topics of inclusion and equality have been front and centre here.

"Even if there is a higher proportion of women showing films at Cannes, we're aware that it's not enough", said Fremaux. Festival bosses signed up to several pledges, including that they will compile statistics according to gender, that they will make the members of selection committees and programmers public, and to sign up to a schedule for equal representation on their executive bodies.

After the signing, filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski noted it was Blanchett's birthday, and attendees serenaded the actress with a rendition of "Happy Birthday".

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