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CANNES, France (AFP) – Hollywood stars together with Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Salma Hayek known as on Saturday (May 12) for equal pay within the cinema business and past in a historic crimson carpet protest on the Cannes movie pageant.

Eighty-two actresses, filmmakers and producers marched arm-in-arm to demand equality and “a safe workplace”, seven months after the world was shaken by the #MeToo motion and the autumn of mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The ranks included a battalion of Oscar winners from Helen Mirren and Marion Cotillard to US blockbuster administrators Ava DuVernay and Patty Jenkins who made “Wonder Woman”.

“We demand that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so they can best reflect the world in which we live,” stated Blanchett in an announcement learn out with the legendary 89-year-old French director Agnes Varda.

Blanchett, a double Oscar winner, stated they wished “a world that allows all of us in front and behind the camera to thrive shoulder to shoulder with our male colleagues.”

With Cannes beneath hearth for its dearth of ladies administrators, the world’s prime movie pageant hoped to fend off a few of the fierce criticism with the march.

The variety of protesters was extremely symbolic because it represented the 82 movies by feminine administrators who have competed for the highest Palme d’Or prize since 1946 – a quantity dwarfed by the practically 1,700 male contenders.

Eighty-two actresses, filmmakers and producers marched arm-in-arm to demand equality. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The star-studded group stopped midway up the steps to the Palais des Festivals to mark the obstacles they face in making an attempt to succeed in the highest.


“The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all. Let’s climb,” Blanchett declared, with a few of the rally’s individuals visibly moved.

The Australian actress additionally head the female-majority jury that may resolve the pageant’s prime prize.

Several protestors together with Stewart made a robust style assertion by donning fits and tuxedos, in a present of defiance to Cannes’ red-carpet costume code which is usually denounced as sexist.

Women have been stopped from getting into premieres up to now for not carrying excessive heels.

Producer and activist Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood hailed the event as a “massive milestone towards change”.

“An honour to share the carpet with @Ava (DuVernay) and all the other women who are pushing for more opportunities for women,” she stated in a tweet after the march.

The protest passed off forward of the premiere of “Girls of the Sun” by Eva Husson, one among solely three ladies out of 21 administrators within the working for the Palme d’Or.

The movie is the story of the Kurdish Yazidi all-female Sun Brigade who are preventing Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq, the place 1000’s of ladies had been saved as slaves.

The protest comes on the first Cannes pageant because the cinema business was engulfed by the spiralling intercourse abuse allegations towards Weinstein.

Cannes was the scene of a number of of the disgraced Hollywood mogul’s alleged assaults on actresses.

In response, the pageant arrange an anti-harassment hotline this 12 months.

The quantity has already obtained “several calls” because the pageant’s launch on May 9, stated French Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa.

Cannes “must be a safe space for women,” she harassed.


Blanchett has criticised Cannes for as soon as once more failing to ask extra feminine administrators.

“There are many women on the jury but I wish there were more in competition,” the Australian-born star informed French radio earlier this week.

The 48-year-old has emerged as a key determine in Hollywood’s battle towards sexual misconduct.

One of the primary ladies to name out Weinstein, Blanchett co-founded the “Time’s Up” motion to help abuse victims.

Her feedback echo these of fellow actress Jessica Chastain who served on the jury final 12 months and lambasted Cannes for its “disturbing” depiction of ladies.

Chastain brought about a stir on Thursday when she revealed that she deliberate to make Hollywood’s first large finances all-female blockbuster with a solid together with Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o.

Only seven p.c of Hollywood blockbusters had been directed by ladies in 2016.

France has one of the best ratio among the many main film-producing international locations with 23 per cent of movies directed by ladies.

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