Cannes: Record-Tying Four Films By Women Directors In Competition Signals Slow Progress

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Cannes: Record-Tying Four Films By Women Directors In Competition Signals Slow Progress
After coming under fire in recent years for the scarcity of women directors in its main competition, the Cannes Film Festival this year selected a record-equaling four films by women filmmakers among its 19-strong lineup.

This matches the same number of women filmmakers who competed for the Palme d’Or in 2011.

The four Competition films chosen with female filmmakers this year are Mati Diop’s Atlantique, Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe, Celine Sciamma’s Portrait of a Young Lady on Fire and Justine Triet’s Sibyl. An additional nine female directors are included in other festival strands.

In total, 13 of the 47 films in the official selection revealed today are directed by women, or about 28%. That’s a smaller percentage than this year’s Sundance or last year’s Toronto festivals but is an improvement on most previous editions of Cannes.

Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux said at the lineup press conference
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