Indian Pavilion Inaugurated at Cannes Film Festival 2018

Indian Pavilion Inaugurated at Cannes Film Festival 2018

In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the theme of the festival was clear from the get-go - taking a stand against the mistreatment of women, from female jury members wearing black to the Cannes opening ceremony, to actresses and female directors taking to the red carpet to shut down sexist questions.

"In the 71 years of this world-renowned festival there have been 12 female heads of its juries". The 2018 Cannes Film Festival is the first to happen after the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations came out and the 82 women participating in the protest called for equal pay and equal representation in the film industry.

Jane Campion is the only female director to have won the Palme d'Or, for her 1993 film "The Piano".

Cate Blanchett, who kicked off the event with a statement, told onlookers "Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise", before going on to confirm the group stood together as a "symbol of our determination to change and progress".

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Watching from the front row was this year's nine-member jury, including president Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay and Lea Seydoux. Husson is one of three women filmmakers out of the 21 movies in competition for the Palme d'Or this year. "We are writers, producers, directors, actresses, cinematographers, talent agents, editors, distributors, sales agents and all involved in the cinematic arts". We WILL DEMAND that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so that they can best reflect the world in which we actually live. We hope that it will reinforce the realisation that the world is not the same anymore.

However, in its long and established history, the Cannes Film Festival has only officially selected works by 82 female directors. "WE ACKNOWLEDGE all of the women AND men who are standing for change".

The leaders of Cannes Film Festival have signed an historic gender equality pledge promising to make the selection process more transparent going forward.

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