One Woman Director Out Of 20, Cannes? That’s Pretty Dismal

So we all know that there’s a dearth of women in the movie-making business — just in case you’re not up to speed there was a whole study done about it.  The best place to view this disparity is the Cannes Film Festival in France: of the 20 films competing for the top prize, the Palme d’Or, only one is by a female director.

This isn’t the first time Cannes has been heavy on the male directors: three out of the last four years have had a serious lack of female directors selected to compete for the prize.In 2010 and 2012 that number was zero.  Yes, in the 21st century ZERO women were selected for the competition at Cannes.  In its 65-year history, only one woman, Jane Campion, has been awarded the Palme d’Or!  The year 2011 was an anomaly with four female directors nominated out of 20 total.

This year only one film by a female director was selected for competition: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (pictured) for her film “A Castle in Italy” (“Un Chateau en Italie”). You may be thinking, “Maybe this year the female directors weren’t that great in comparison?”  To you I reply, “Thousands of films are submitted.  Thousands.  How out of thousands could only one be deemed worthy?”  Which brings me to my next point.

The largest issue seems to be that nobody thinks that the lack of women represented is a problem. Last year, Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, told the Huffington Post:

“I just don’t think that Hollywood views this as an issue. I don’t think that large portions of the filmmaking community views the utter lack of diversity as a problem. If it’s not a problem, there’s no need to fix anything.”

It is a problem, Hollywood.

[Huffington Post]

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