'Let's climb!' Female stars call for equal pay in Cannes protest

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"The prestigious Palme d'Or has been bestowed upon 71 male directors, too numerous to mention by name, but only two female directors", Blanchett remarked.

The red carpet of Cannes Film Festival wouldn't be complete without its rightful dose of diamond, gold, ruby, emerald, and magnificent pieces of jewelry worn by the most bankable and promising actresses, and supermodels. The Oscar-winning actress led the 82 actress, female producers and directors who marched arm in arm in the unprecedented protest on Friday, May 11 to demand equal pay and an end to sexual harassment.

While there has been buzz around Bella Hadid and The Weeknd's reunion in the French city and the festival's selfie-free red carpet, the main talk of Cannes Film Festival has been its badass female jury. "A world that allows all of us behind and in front of the camera to thrive shoulder to shoulder with our male colleagues". The stairs of our industry MUST be accessible to all. The fest chiefs made several promises.

Women have been stopped from entering premieres in the past for not wearing high heels.

Cannes is first film festival to signed the pledge but it is expected that others will follow suit. Discussions were also held with the heads and management of various Indian studios and production houses to see how films in different languages could become more viable and what the government could do to help filmmakers in the country. The Swiss brand is the official partner of the event and brings to Cannes 71 unique pieces to represent the 71st edition of the Festival.

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Each character has their own unique abilities, and will unlock new paths through the various game stages. The 8-bit retro-style action game was developed by game creator Koji Igarashi and Inti Creates .

While members of the crowd called out Fremaux for historically not including women in the selection and downplaying the festival's responsibility for promoting gender parity, Zlotowski said Fremaux should be an ally.

Blanchett has criticised Cannes for once again failing to invite more female directors.

Chastain caused a stir on Thursday when she revealed that she planned to make Hollywood's first big budget all-female blockbuster with a cast including Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong'o.

As part of the debut Saudi presence at the worldwide festival, nine short films by young Saudi directors were screeed in the Short Film Corner, including Is Sumiyati Going to Hell? by Meshal Aljaser, about a maid working for racist employers, and Alkaif by Seba Alluqmani, about the country's coffee tradition.