Cannes 2018: It's not the Nobel Peace Prize, it's Palme d'Or

Sheila Mcguire
May 9, 2018

Since 1946, only 84 of the 1,790 directors whose films has been shown in competition at Cannes have been women - in other words, less than one in 20.

The Russian maker of such classics as "The Return" and "Leviathan" is regarded as one of the greatest directors in the world at the moment, with his last film "Loveless" the critics' favourite for the Palme d'Or previous year.

While Fremaux reiterated his stance that festival selections should be considered only by their artistic quality and not their filmmaker's gender, he said the festival would improve the male-to-female ratios of its selection committees, name more women as jury president and, in the future, select more films directed by women.

The director and screenwriter, whose update of the sci-fi classic "Blade Runner 2049" picked up two Oscars this year, is a frequent guest of the festival. "The one thing I really took from this experience is how the world views women, from the female characters that I saw represented".

The three A-listers are all on the Cannes jury for the 2018 film festival but will miss the annual fashion event at New York's Metropolitan museum, hosted by Anna Wintour.

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Long before Weinstein had been accused of attacking four women at the festival, Cannes had been under fire for a "problem with women".

Jury member Kristen Stewart arrives for the photo call for the jury at the 71st global film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

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There, they were joined by fellow jury members French director Robert Guédiguian, Burundian singer-songwriter Khadja Nin, actress Léa Seydoux, Denis Villeneuve, the Canadian director, Taiwanese actor Chang Chen and Andrey Zvyagintsev, a Russian director. It was film that did that.

Besides, "Glorious Ashes" directed by renowned Vietnamese director Bui Thac Chuyen will be present at the most prestigious film festival in the world.

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Only four of the 111 winners have been female - and two of them were past year when Sofia Coppola became only the second woman to secure the best director trophy with her American Civil War drama "The Beguiled".

Faced with the prospect of only showing its films out of competition, Netflix withdrew its films from Cannes.

That change is clearly being seen and felt across the festival this year. Several Netflix titles, including Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" and the recently completed Orson Welles film "The Other Side of the Wind", had been expected to premiere this year.

In the festival's Un Certain Regard section is "Rifiki", a lesbian romance from Kenya that has already been banned at home.

Von Trier was also reinstituted this year after being declared "persona non grata" in 2011 for joking about being a Nazi and having sympathy for Hitler. His film "The House That Jack Built" stars Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman. Sonam Kapoor-Ahuja will be at the French Riviera as a newlywed and make heads turn on May 14 and 15.

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