Cate Blanchett, Ava DuVernay, Patty Jenkins unite for change at Cannes

13 May, 2018, 00:41 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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Husson is the only French female director in the competition this year, and she told Vanity Fair that it's critical to initiate conversations around gender inequality in film.

Hollywood stars including Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Salma Hayek called Saturday for equal pay in the cinema industry and beyond in a historic red carpet protest at the Cannes film festival.

Two-time Oscar victor Blanchett, who heads this year's female-majority jury, will then read out a joint statement with iconic French director Agnes Varda.

In a year dominated by the #MeToo movement, the Cannes film festival is feeling the heat to address glaring gender imbalances in the competition for its top prize, the Palme d'Or. As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress.

Blanchett, who is presiding the jury this year awarding the coveted Palme d'Or award, one of the film industry's highest honours, said: "We demand that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so they can best reflect the world in which we live".

In total, 82 women will climb the fabled stairs of the festival venue late Saturday in honor of the 82 films by female directors to have featured in the competition since 1946 - a number dwarfed by the almost 1,700 male contenders.

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The ranks included a battalion of Oscar winners from Helen Mirren and Marion Cotillard to United States blockbuster directors Ava DuVernay and Patty Jenkins who made "Wonder Woman".

"A world that allows all of us in front and behind the camera to thrive shoulder to shoulder with our male colleagues".

The protest took place ahead of the world premiere of Eva Husson's Girls Of The Sun; Husson is one of only three women in competition this year. The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all.

As they made their way inside the Palais, the capacity crowd of 2,300 greeted them with a standing ovation, and while this is routine before a screening, it was an extended applause from the guests, among them Blanchett and filmmakers like Pedro Almodovar.

Members of 5050×2020, the group that organized the protest, said on their Web site they hope yesterday's action will lead to a greater awareness of the role of women in film.

One of the first women to call out Weinstein, Blanchett recently co-founded the "Time's Up" movement in support of abuse victims. We believe that equality restores the balance of power. "We want this to change". "We believe that the opportunity to work in an egalitarian and inclusive environment must be seized because we are certain that the equal sharing of power will promote profound creative renewal". The festival also faced backlash for including a film by Lars von Trier, the Danish director who had been banned from the festival for seven years after making anti-Semitic remarks and whose production company has been accused of sexual harassment.

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