Vastavam web: It was a historic moment as Hollywood star Cate Blanchett, this year’s president of the Cannes Film Festival jury, led a women’s march up the stairs of the iconic Palais des Festivals theatre to promote equality for women at the French Riviera. The demonstration assembled major Hollywood stars, including Salma Hayek, Kristen Stewart, Jane Fonda, Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Ava DuVernay, Patty Jenkins, Sofia Boutella and other directors and industry executives.
“As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress. Agnes Varda, the legendary French film director of “Faces Places,” added, “The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all. Let’s climb.” Total of 82 women were part of the protest. The number of participants was deliberate. Since the launch of the Cannes Film Festival, only 82 films directed by women have been awarded by an official selection in competition, compared to 1,645 films directed by men, a ratio of less than five per cent.It preceded a gala premiere for Girls of the Sun, a Kurdish female freedom-fighters drama from director Eva Husson.