In what has now become a depressing ritual, the list of the films in competition at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival — the most prestigious festival in the world — has been revealed and SURPRISE there is not a single female directed film in competition.
Because this is an international festival and it is very hard to tell the gender of the directors from their names I literally take each name and plug it into google to get the answer.
This morning the ritual revealed that out of the 16 films in competition NOT A SINGLE ONE is directed by a woman. (For those of you hoping like I was that Daniele Luchetti is a woman, sorry.)
Women are represented twice in the special screening section:
“Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow,” directed by Sophie Fiennes
“Draquila – L’Italia Che Trema,” directed by Sabina Guzzanti
once in the Un Certain Regard competition (out of 18)
“Pal Adreinn” (Adrienn Pal), directed by Agnes Kocsis
So folks that mean that we have one female director in 34 competition slots. That’s a sucky 2.9%. Unacceptable.
Well at least they put Juliette Binoche on the poster.