CANNES, FRANCE (AFP) – Around 100 high actresses and feminine movie administrators will stage a protest on the purple carpet on the Cannes movie pageant to help the #MeToo motion towards sexual harassment, the organisers mentioned Monday (May 7).
The announcement got here on the eve of the opening of the world’s greatest movie pageant, which like the remainder of the cinema trade has been profoundly shaken by the scandal engulfing Hollywood tycoon Harvey Weinstein.
The girls’s march will happen on Saturday (May 12) night, and is more likely to embody Cate Blanchett who chairs this yr’s female-majority jury.
“It will be a march dedicated to the women of cinema,” Cannes director Thierry Fremaux informed a press conference within the French Riviera resort forward of Tuesday’s pageant launch.
“Not only Cannes but the whole world changed last September” when claims began to emerge that Weinstein had abused dozens of girls through the years, he mentioned.
Weinstein is accused of attacking 4 actresses at Cannes, together with the rape of the Italian actress Asia Argento in his luxurious lodge suite when she was 21.
The affair has prompted the movie pageant to arrange an anti-sexual harassment hotline this yr.
It has additionally additional elevated stress on Cannes to handle the evident gender imbalance in its essential competitors and overhaul a costume code thought-about sexist by critics, with girls stopped on the purple carpet in earlier years for not carrying excessive heels.
But whereas the jury who will award the Palme d’Or high prize options 5 girls and 4 males, solely three feminine administrators made the shortlist of 21 competing for the coveted trophy.
They embody French director Eva Husson whose movie Girls of the Sun will likely be screened on Saturday night after the ladies’s march.
Fremaux rejected criticism that Blanchett’s appointment as jury head had been a fast PR repair.
“She was first and foremost elected president because she is a great actress,” he mentioned.
The pageant introduced that ladies would even be within the majority on juries deciding two different main Cannes awards – the Golden Camera and “Un Certain Regard” prizes, reserved for rising administrators or sudden or marginal themes.