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Cannes Festival: of the 22 films in competition, four are by women

The Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival has 22 films in competition, that is, competing for the Palme d'Or one of the most prestigious awards in the film industry. Only four titles on this list are directed by female filmmakers . This in a year when the competition's jury is chaired by a woman, the North American director Greta Gerwig.

The films directed by women are: “All We Imagine As Light”, Payal Kapadia (India); “Bird”, by Andrea Arnold (United Kingdom); “Diamant Brut”, by Agathe Riedinge (France); and “The Substance”, by Coralie Fargeat (France). The number is even lower than last year, which had six female directors among 19 filmmakers.

In history, only three filmmakers have won the competition's top prize: Jane Campion in 1992, for “The Piano”; Julia Ducournau in 2021, for “Titane”; and Justine Treit last year, for “Anatomy of a Fall”.

Among the more than 100 films that will be shown at the 77th edition, only 18.2% were directed by women, according to the German platform Statista.

Still according to the survey, the festival only started to include female professionals in the selection and jury in the early 2000s. Still, in the film section, the number is not equivalent to that of men.

Statista points out that from 2003 to 2023, only 12% of the films presented at the festival were made by female directors.

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Source: CNN Brasil

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