Cannes leaders sign gender equality plegde following protest

Bessie Dean
May 15, 2018

Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Jane Fonda were among those taking part in the red-carpet demonstration, BBC reported on Saturday.

Hollywood stars including Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Salma Hayek called on Saturday for equal pay in the cinema industry and beyond in a historic red carpet protest at the Cannes film festival. 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.

Cannes Film Festival chiefs have made a pledge for gender parity and inclusion. We hope that it will reinforce the realisation that the world is not the same anymore. In the years since, she noted, 1,688 male directors have made the same trek. "The world has changed".

"The prestigious Palme d'Or has been bestowed upon 71 male directors, too numerous to mention by name, but only two female directors", the Carol star said in a statement, according to The Independent.

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Directed by Julio Hernandez Cordon, the film received warm applauses in its first presentation on Monday, a movie in which most of the actors are not professionals, included the 10-year-old younger daughter of the director, Matilde.

As part of the debut Saudi presence at the global festival, nine short films by young Saudi directors were screeed in the Short Film Corner, including Is Sumiyati Going to Hell? by Meshal Aljaser, about a maid working for racist employers, and Alkaif by Seba Alluqmani, about the country's coffee tradition. Studies have shown that women directed 11% of the 250 most popular movies at the United States and Canada box office in 2017 - a figure only slightly above the same metric 20 years ago.

For reference, this year's Cannes Film Festival only has three films from female directors competing in a pool of 18. Without Thierry Fremaux saying yes to the pledge, without saying yes to the stairs, we wouldn't be here.

Canes: The inaugural session of the Indian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 was held at Cannes, France. The attendees broke into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the Hollywood actress after the signing.

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