The fest’s transparency is progress, say activists at Le Collectif 50/50, however “if we proceed [at this rate], we’ll have to attend to 2063 to achieve parity.”
A yr after an historic gathering at Cannes the place the movie pageant pledged to take steps towards gender equality, members of the French group Le Collectif 50/50 and the creative administrators of the pageant met once more in the identical tent on the seashore Friday, this time to take a look at what that they had realized and the way far they’ve but to go.
For the primary time this yr, Cannes counted the numbers of feminine administrators who submitted to the pageant, and people who have been admitted. The pageant mentioned that it acquired 1,845 function movie submissions from 39 nations, 26 % of them directed by ladies. Its official choice of 69 movies, each options and shorts, included 19 movies directed by ladies, or 27.5 %.
Addressing the viewers within the tent on the seashore, a a lot smaller, quieter one than had watched his signing of a gender parity pledge final yr, Fremaux famous that there was a better proportion of feminine administrators within the brief movie (42 %) and Un Sure Regard (42 %) sections of the pageant, which regularly function the work of younger administrators. “Which means sooner or later all these figures are going to be growing by way of numbers of ladies filmmakers,” mentioned Fremaux, who wore a 5050 badge on his lapel. He additionally identified that the numbers of feminine director at Cannes have steadily risen over time, from six in 2015 to 20 this yr.
Fremaux’s evaluation was greeted with heat, but in addition some skepticism. “If we proceed [at this rate], we’ll have to attend to 2063 to achieve parity,” mentioned director and critic Iris Brey. “So we must always rejoice, however we also needs to ask the query, the place do all the ladies filmmakers disappear to after the colleges? I wish to be constructive however we now have to grasp these figures have been the identical for a few years.”
Final yr at Cannes, Le Collectif 50/50 organized a Palais protest of 82 ladies, led by Cate Blanchett and Agnès Varda, advocating for gender equality within the movie business. The second was a galvanizing one, with Cannes changing into the primary of 40 festivals that signed the gender parity pledge, which referred to as for extra transparency across the choice course of.
“There may be the figures after which the spirit behind them,” mentioned Charles Tesson, creative director of Cannes’ Critics’ Week. “These figures are essential, however it’s the query of a long term frame of mind.”
“It’s the tip of the iceberg,” agreed Paolo Moretti, the creative director of the Administrators’ Fortnight. “For me it is a query that goes nicely past the pageant.”
Fremaux identified gender parallels between Cannes and different areas of French tradition, noting that whereas just one lady has gained the Palme d’Or, feminine cooks with three Michelin stars are additionally uncommon. Mentioned Fremaux: “We’re not going to speak in regards to the topic solely annually at Cannes.”