Female March at the Cannes Film Festival
American actress Cate Blanchett held an action in support of MeToo movement on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, enlisting the support of 82 actresses and representatives of the film industry.
The number 82 was chosen not by chance: according to The Hollywood Reporter, it “symbolizes the number of women who were represented in the contest program of the festival for its 71-year history.” Among them were Cate Blanchett, Leah Seydou, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek, Agnes Warda, Kristen Stewart and Mariyon Cotillard. Together, they spoke out against sexual violence and gender inequality in the industry.
Kate Blanchett, who heads the jury this year, spoke on behalf of all those present: “Women are not a minority, although their mention in the industry says the opposite. Each of us faces our own difficulties, but we gathered at these levels to demonstrate determination in the struggle for our rights. Here scriptwriters, producers, directors, actresses, acting agents, editors – all who are involved in the art of cinema. “
Despite the fact that the festival management this year expressed its support for the victims of harassment and even organized a hotline for help, it was still criticized for not paying enough attention to women’s cinema. Only 3 films out of 18 presented in the competition are created by female directors. However, I must say, this is more than years before.
“At these steps today there are 82 women, personifying the number of women directors who have been climbing them since the first Cannes Film Festival in 1946. During the same period, 1688 male directors were promoted, only 12 women appeared in the jury, 71 male directors were awarded the prestigious Palme d’Or Prize, and only two were female, “Blanchett said in her speech.
“These facts are harsh and indisputable: women are not a minority, but the current state of our industry speaks about something else. As women, we all face our own personal problems, but today we stand on these steps, which is a symbol of our determination and progress towards progress on this issue, “Kate added.