Cannes 2018: Female stars protest on red carpet for equal rights

Cannes Film Festival 2018 Cate Blanchett Michael B Jordan and Marion Cotillard make appearances on Day 6

Gera's "Sir", which has been selected for Critic's Week, a sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival, will be showcased on May 14, 15 and 16 here.

After passing the first junket of photographers, the actress chose to exit the red carpet in comfort, taking her heels into her hands and making her way up the famed Palais stairs.

The Cannes film festival signed a charter Monday vowing to push for parity between men and women by 2020. As jury president Cate Blanchett noted, 1,688 male directors have ascended those same stairs to premiere their films during the life of the festival, but just 82 women have gotten that same honor.

Among them, to compile statistics according to gender, especially those regarding the number of films submitted. Since the Cannes Film Festival has a "no flats" policy, which has been criticised in the past for being sexist, many believe Kristen's gesture is her way of protesting against the rule. "The world has changed".

Others were less than impressed, but the actress certainly made a stir.




"We must question our history and our habits", the Cannes festival director added, calling on other worldwide film festivals to follow suit.

For years now, Cannes has been criticised for their strict dress code for women - which includes a "no flats" rule that make our feet hurt just thinking about it.

And only one has won it - Jane Campion for "The Piano" in 1993.

In 2018 only three out of the 21 directors in the competition for the Palme d'Or are women. The attendees broke into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the Hollywood actress after the signing.

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