CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Kirsten Stewart, Lea Seydoux, Khadja Nin, Ava DuVernay and Cate Blanchett walk the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of "Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. Only 82 films in competition in the official selection have been directed by women since the inception of the Cannes Film Festival whereas 1,645 films in the past 71 years have been directed by men. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

About today’s premiere of the film by French director Eva Hasson “The Girls of the Sun” (Les Filles Du Soleil) will speak for a long time. But first of all, not because of the picture itself, to see which came an incredibly large number of stars, but because of the protest action that the popular actresses staged right on the red carpet.

After the traditional photocall, Keith Blanchett , Kristen Stewart , Salma Hayek , Marion Cotillard and their other colleagues (82 actresses and female directors took part in the action) joined hands, thus opposing discrimination in the film industry.

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 12: Jury head Cate Blanchett with other filmmakers reads a statement on the steps of the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of “Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)” during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)

 

Women are not a minority in the world. But what is happening in our industry says the opposite. As women, we all face characteristic problems, but today we stand together on this ladder and symbolize determination and progress. We are writers, producers, directors, actresses, cinematographers, editors, distributors, sales agents and everyone who works in film,

– made a speech with Keith Blanchett and French director Agnes Varda.

The number of activists was not accidental. The fact is that for the entire history of the Cannes Film Festival, only 82 films made by women participated in it, while the pictures, directed by men, were represented 20 times more – 1688.

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 12: Jury head Cate Blanchett with other filmmakers reads a statement on the steps of the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of “Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)” during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. Only 82 films in competition in the official selection have been directed by women since the inception of the Cannes Film Festival whereas 1,645 films in the past 71 years have been directed by men. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 12: (R-L) Sofia Boutella, Salma Hayek, Patty Jenkins, Claudia Cardinale and other filmaker walk on the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of “Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)” during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. Only 82 films in competition in the official selection have been directed by women since the inception of the Cannes Film Festival whereas 1,645 films in the past 71 years have been directed by men. the screening of “Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)” during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 12: (2nd L-R) Haifaa al-Mansour, Kirsten Stewart, Lea Seydoux, Khadja Nin, Ava DuVernay, Cate Blanchett and Agnes Varda walk the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of “Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)” during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. Only 82 films in competition in the official selection have been directed by women since the inception of the Cannes Film Festival whereas 1,645 films in the past 71 years have been directed by men. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)