82 women walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest

Cate Blanchett & Agnès Varda Lead Women’s March At Cannes Film Festival

The two women were joined by a range of others from the global film community - fellow jury members Kristen Stewart and Ava DuVernay, actresses Salma Hayek and Marion Cotillard, directors Patty Jenkins and Haifaa Al Mansour, and CAA talent agents Hylda Queally and Maha Dakhil. The protest was co-organized by 5050x2020, a movement striving for gender parity in the French cinema.

As 5050×2020 made note prior to the red carpet protest on May 13, only 82 films directed by women have competed for the Palme d'Or in Cannes' 71-year history.

"We demand that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so they can best reflect the world in which we live", said Blanchett in a statement read out with the legendary 89-year-old French director Agnes Varda.

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The red carpet of Cannes Film Festival wouldn't be complete without its rightful dose of diamond, gold, ruby, emerald, and magnificent pieces of jewelry worn by the most bankable and promising actresses, and supermodels.

With Cannes under fire for its dearth of women directors, the world's top film festival hoped to fend off some of the fierce criticism with the march. "We must question our history and our habits". "The prestigious Palme d'Or has been bestowed upon 71 male directors-too numerous to mention by name-but only two women". Nyssen said the festival "holds the keys" to moving women forward, not just in film but in a variety of industries. Fremaux said that 1,900 movies were submitted this year. Without Thierry Fremaux saying yes to the pledge, without saying yes to the stairs, we wouldn't be here. 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. And at Cannes during the two-week film festival, wearing flat shoes instead of stilettoes -as some did in 2015 - and short dresses instead of sweeping gowns - 2017's assertion - were hitherto regarded as the height of dissent and radicalism.

Other film festivals have more aggressively pursued gender parity, including the Tribeca Film Festival, which touted its percentage of female filmmakers - 46 percent - last month.

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