Throughout cinematic history, women have often been used as muses and placed in secondary roles, but all of that's about to change. Cate Blanchett and Agn√®s Varda alongside many other influential women took the chance to peacefully protest for more female representation, not only at Cannes (the film festival where the occurrence took place), but in the film industry as a whole.
Blanchett and Varda's statement continued by stressing the importance of inclusivity in cinema and used some pretty interesting figures to back up their views. "As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress" part of it read. You can read the rest of their statement here.
This isn't the first time inequality has been brought to light at Cannes. Last year Jessica Chastain spoke about the embarrassing lack of females in cinema and asked for the festival director, Thierry Fr√©maux to make improvements for this year. Clearly, the actress' request has fallen on deaf ears given this year's films don't seem to reflect a change. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter following a string of criticism, the director said, "the reality is that while half the world population is made up of women, there are much less women who are film directors". Thankfully, some studios have become increasingly aware of the glass ceiling preventing women from reaching the higher positions in the film industry, until Cannes Film Festival understands this however, it seems likely that the old tradition is here to stay.