Kristen Stewart, Jane Fonda And More Actresses Plan On Protesting At Cannes
12 May, 2018, 23:11 | Author: Sheri Evans
The initiative has been spearheaded by French cinema gender equality movement 5050x2020.
At Cannes, Stewart and DuVernay - who are serving on the festival's jury this year - will be joined by women in Hollywood to shine a spotlight on this growing issue.
At the conclusion the protest, Blanchett and veteran documentary-maker Agnes Varda read a collective statement from the group that called for institutions to provide safer working conditions for women, and for governments to uphold equal pay laws.
"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise", Blanchett said. 82 women from the film industry walk the red carpet to represent the limited number of female filmmakers who have been selected for the festival's competition lineup over its 71 years.
"The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all", she concluded.
71st Cannes Film Festival - Screening of the film "Girls of the Sun" (Les filles du soleil) in competition - Red Carpet Arrivals - Cannes, France, May 12, 2018.
The other two - Nadine Labaki's "Capernaum", and Alice Rohrwacher's "Happy as Lazzaro" - are to premiere next week.
Cannes has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years within the range of female administrators selected to its primary record, believed among the absolute most prestigious achievements in theatre. Jane Campion remains the only woman to have won the festival's top prize, the Palme D'Or.
The festival supported Saturday's protest.
"I hope this Cannes is going to initiate conversations that we need to have", Husson said, in an interview with Vanity Fair before the festival began. Festival director Thierry Fremaux earlier this week hailed Saturday's event as a way for women "to affirm their presence". But he has likewise indicated that the festival is now reanalyzing its procedures and is now making its own selection committees sex balanced.
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