Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

82 women plan silent protest at Cannes Film Festival red carpet

82 women plan silent protest at Cannes Film Festival red carpet

Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek and Marion Cotillard were among 82 women who made a symbolic walk up the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, in a demonstration of solidarity for women struggling for a voice in the movie industry.

Eighty-two women including Cate Blanchett and Ava DuVernay marched up the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday to protest gender inequality at the festival and in the wider film industry.

The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the number of female filmmakers who have been selected to compete at Cannes during the festival's seven-decade history.

We will remind, cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Lea seydoux appeared in front of photographers in a stylish Trouser suits.

"The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all", she concluded.

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A group of 82 women will silently take a stand at the film festival.

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. "In the same period 1688 male directors have climbed these very same stairs".

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. Only one female director, Jane Campion in 1993, has received the Palme d'Or, though Varda won an honorary Palme d'Or in 2015.

"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. At a press conference on Monday, festival director Thierry Fremaux said that Cannes would look to select a higher proportion of films directed by women in future. But he's also signaled that the festival is reanalyzing its procedures and making its selection committees gender-balanced.

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