Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Women Take To Cannes Red Carpet To Protest Inequality In Film

Women Take To Cannes Red Carpet To Protest Inequality In Film

Eighty two women working in the film industry, including Cate Blanchett, Ava DuVernay and Jane Fonda have taken to the Cannes red carpet in silent protest at the lack of female directors at the festival.

The number 82 corresponds with the number of films directed by women to ever play in the festival's prestigious Palme d'Or competition - in contrast to the 1,645 films directed by men that have. We will demand that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so that they can best reflect the world in which we actually live. The group reportedly plans to climb the steps of the Palais de Festival and hold a silent vigil, signifying how hard it is to climb the ladder of success as a woman in the industry. "Let's climb", Blanchett declared, with some of the rally's participants visibly moved.

Women have been stopped from entering premieres in the past for not wearing high heels.

Festival organizers, long criticized for not including enough films by women over the years, have organized women's empowerment conferences next week when Cannes festival director Thierry Femaux is expected to make an announcement about changes to the festival's programming in the #MeToo era.

Cannes was the scene of several of the Hollywood mogul's alleged attacks on actresses.

In response, the festival set up an anti-harassment hotline this year.

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The number has already received "several calls" since the festival's launch on May 9, French Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa announced Saturday.

Her look was topped off by glittering De Beers diamonds and of course, as she works closely with L'Oreal', she wore their Cannes limited-edition shade of lipstick too.

"There are many women on the jury but I wish there were more in competition", the Australian-born star told French radio earlier this week.

The 51-year-old Mexican actress looked sensational for the event in a glittering light blue gown with a shimmering silver belt accentuating her stunning hourglass figure.

One of the first women to call out Weinstein, Blanchett recently co-founded the "Time's Up" movement in support of abuse victims. The group supposedly includes a swath of female heavyweights in Hollywood from actresses like Salma Hayek to directors like Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins and activist-journalists like Melissa Silverstein.

Only seven percent of Hollywood blockbusters were directed by women in 2016. But the actress is away from films for a very long time now and she is now married as well.

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