Symptom of the post-Weinstein era business, the presence of women in festivals is now subject to a tally. Cannes does not escape the rule and published, the day before the opening of the competition, statistics "gendered". Nothing spontaneous, however, in this process. This is one of the commitments of the Charter for Parity and Diversity in Film Festivals signed by Thierry Frémaux with the 50/50 collective in 2020, in which activist Céline Sciamma, in particular, is competing this year.
Last year, the image had struck the spirits. Eighty-two women, including jury president Cate Blanchett and director Agnès Varda – to whom the festival pays tribute to her poster – symbolically climbed together the steps of the Palace. Eighty-two, as the number of films made by women on the 1,727 films selected in competition since the creation of the festival in 1946.
A presence still counted
If their presence remains in competition this year (four out of 21 films, or 19%), the general delegate showed that he had become aware of the subject. Twenty directors are present in the official selection, all sections together, against 11 last year. They represent 42% of "Un certain regard", and 52% of the films applying to the Camera d'Or which rewards a first film. The organization of the festival itself has moulted with 66 women on a permanent team of 109 people; and its selection committee, like all the juries of the competition, is now officially parity.
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