Cannes 2018: Female Filmmakers Protest on Red Carpet for Equal Rights

Posted on May 14, 2018

Filmmakers on the steps of the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of “Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)” during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. Only 82 films in competition in the official selection have been directed by women since the inception of the Cannes Film Festival whereas 1,645 films in the past 71 years have been directed by men.

You’ve gotta admit: it’s a great way to get bitchy red carpet commentators to sit down and shut up about their outfits.

There’s always going to be some wariness surrounding the idea of using red carpets – upon which literally millions of dollars of free luxury goods are modeled – as staging areas for political or issue-oriented protests. Even when it’s done well, there’s an underlying sense that, the celebrity world being what it is, it risks turning into a vastly overdone practice very quickly.

But we tend to think that the RC presents a unique and sadly rare opportunity for the women in the entertainment to control the conversation. You’ll note that a lot of the women leading the major red carpet protests of the last year are women who are very good at working a red carpet and rely upon the coverage of it for a good deal of their press. That’s not a coincidence. When women like Reese and Cate and Kristen lead these protests, they have a much better chance of succeeding as PR exercises because these women rule this arena and know it better than most. And there really can’t be any credible arguments that this protest is somehow inappropriate for the venue, since it’s literally about the venue.

Anyway, to take this back to the shallow end of the pool, everyone looks fabulous. Looks like many of them defaulted to a Time’s Up black dress code, although we’re loving Salma’s pop of color. Cate kept things very simple, Kristen’s doing her Chanel thing, and Ava’s gown is stunning.

 

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]

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