Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Cate Blanchett leads 82-woman Cannes red carpet #metoo protest

Cate Blanchett leads 82-woman Cannes red carpet #metoo protest

But the numbers show the festival still has some way to go in the battle of the sexes.

Husson is one of three female filmmakers out of the 21 movies in competition for the Palme d'Or this year. Only one female director, Jane Campion in 1993, has received the Palme d'Or, though Varda won an honorary Palme d'Or in 2015.

The last major prize victor was Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, who took home the Grand Prix for "The Wonders" in 2014.

The L'Oreal ambassador has been a regular attendee at the glamorous event but did not attend a year ago because she had recently given birth to son Bear.

It's 2018 and women in Hollywood have had enough.

As depressing as the lack of women in power is when it comes to Hollywood, the Cannes Festival, in particular, has a dismal track record when it comes to celebrating the achievements of female filmmakers.

The number of protesters was highly symbolic as it represented the 82 films by female directors who have competed for the top Palme d'Or prize since 1946 - a number dwarfed by the almost 1,700 male contenders.

Inside the energy was electric, with the DJs blasting "I'm Every Woman" as the crowd waited in line. In the 71 years of this world-renowned festival there have been 12 female heads of its juries.

This is still better than the 2010 and 2012 festival editions, which had all-male lineups.

The French movement known as 5050×2020 orchestrated the event, using the symbolism of the iconic red stairs to show "how hard it is still to climb the social and professional ladder".

Australian actress Cate Blanchett heads this year's starry majority-female jury, which also includes Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux.

Mallika who is on a mission to highlight and spread awareness about the issue of child prostitution and trafficking at Cannes has surely got people to take notice of the problem with her ravishing and brilliant looks at the festival.

Apart from the president, the jury is composed of four women and four men - a parity ratio observed since 2013.

Speaking to Sky News in February, Salma spoke about Time's Up - which has seen women across the industry stand together against sexual harassment - and reflected on how it's made her feel "stronger" for speaking out about her own encounters. One in five jury members have been women in its seven-decade history.

Asked to comment on the shortage of films by women at the festival, Ms. Hayek said, "You can not say it's only the fault of Cannes".

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