The #Metoo movement took center stage at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, when Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Patty Jenkins and other filmmakers came together to better treat women in the film business.
In total, there were 82 women, a reference to the number of female directors who climb the steps of the Palais, the central theater of the festival since Cannes celebrated celluloid in 1942. During the same period, 1,866 male directors climbed the same staircase, Blanchett said in a statement as the other women joined their arms in solidarity. The Academy Award winner and jury chairwoman of Cannes was flanked by Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, Ava DuVernay, Selma Hayek and
. "Women are not a minority in the world, but the current state of the industry remains different," Blanchett said. "As women, we all face unique challenges, but today we stand together at these levels as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress." We are writers, producers, directors, actresses, cinematographers, talent agents, editors, distributors, sales agents and all involved in the film arts. "
The ghost of Harvey Weinstein, the indie film producer who helped spark an industry-wide payroll after being accused Attacking or harassing dozens of women was summoned during an event that was darker than solemn. Speakers said that this new awareness was born in the wake of "Harvey Day," calling it "a terrible event" with important consequences.
Festival organizers were criticized for not doing more to publicly acknowledge #MeToo and Time's Up initiatives. They were also accused of no longer promoting female filmmakers. Only three of the 18 films competing in this year are from female filmmakers – a low number, which nevertheless represents the best performance of Cannes since 2011.
The march on the steps of the palace was organized by a new movement called 5050 × 2020. Demand for more gender equality and diversity in French film industry
On Monday, Thierry Fremaux, head of the Cannes Film Festival, will head Edouard Waintrop, director of the Night's Night, and Charles Tesson, head of the Critics Week, at one of The French culture-oriented conference will be attended by Minister Françoise Nyssen and the President of CNC Frédérique Bredin. The debate will bring together all the feminists and members of the gender equality movement, including Time's Up USA, Time's Up UK, Italy's Dissenso Comune, Spain's IMA and Greek Women's Wave.
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