82 women walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest

82 women walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest

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.

On Monday morning, high-ranking representatives from the Cannes Film Festival signed a pledge to deliver more work by women filmmakers into the world-renowned film festival.

The Cannes Film Festival has already proven interesting this year with a female dominated jury that includes Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart that made headlines at their photocall.

"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise", Blanchett said. Care Blanchett read the English version of the statement while Agnés Varda read the statement in French. The trio and French actress Lea Seydoux, who are all members of the jury at this year's event, with Cate acting as president, oversaw proceedings as Cannes director Thierry Fremaux and his colleagues Edouard Waintrop, Charles Tesson and Paolo Moretti formally promised to promote equality and greater inclusivity. As women, we all face the typical problems, but today we stand together on this ladder and symbolize determination and progress. The stairs of our industry MUST be accessible to all.

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In 2018 only three out of the 21 directors in the competition for the Palme d'Or are women. Jerome Paillard Executive Director, Marche Du Film Festival, Cannes Film Market stated that Indian Pavilion is a very important tool to help connecting the worldwide European and worldwide community of films.

The other two - Nadine Labaki's "Capernaum", and Alice Rohrwacher's "Happy as Lazzaro" - are to premiere next week.

In a speech, Blanchett complained that male directors far outnumber their female counterparts in award nominations.

"Cinema is a world that is founded on desire: the desire of producers and directors to make movies with this or that actress, the desire of spectators to watch those movies - and that desire is based, also, on physical attraction", said Marlène Schiappa, France's junior minister for gender equality, in an interview.

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