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Women Take To Cannes Red Carpet To Protest Inequality In Film

Women Take To Cannes Red Carpet To Protest Inequality In Film

Fremaux's promise to make selection committees transparent in order "to rule out any suspicion of a lack of diversity or parity" marks a significant step for the prominent film industry figure, who is also the head of the French-focused Lumiere Film Festival and the Institut Lumiere.

On the experience, Gera said in a statement: " It was a very moving experience to hold hands and walk with 81 women from around the world on the red carpet... to climb the stairs but only half way, and to hear Cate Blanchett and Agnes Varda point out the glaring inequalities which are so clear when you look at numbers: 82 women vs 1600+ men.

82 women took to the red carpet in protest this past weekend over the low number of female filmmakers in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

"We hope that Cannes will welcome these new initiatives", said Fremaux. We hope that it will reinforce the realisation that the world is not the same anymore. "The world has changed". In contrast, 1,866 male directors have been selected in the festival's 71-year history. "We must question our history and our habits".

Cannes has come under repeated criticism in recent years over its poor record of selecting female filmmakers. "The prestigious Palme d'Or has been bestowed upon 71 male directors-too numerous to mention by name-but only two women".

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 at Cannes Film Festival 2018.

Other film festivals have more aggressively pursued gender parity, including the Tribeca Film Festival, which touted its percentage of female filmmakers - 46 percent - last month. The attendees broke into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the Hollywood actress after the signing.

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