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Men of the Cannes film festival, keep defending those masculine values | La Barbe

15 May 2012 7:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Open letter: Women may adorn the awards ceremony and prettify the posters, but, mon dieu, don't let them behind the camera

"What has changed in cinema? Everything has changed!" exclaimed Gilles Jacob, president of the Cannes film festival, during the presentation of the 65th Cannes festival film nominations. Everything?! For one second, we trembled. But for no reason, it turned out, as the 22 officially selected movies – happy coincidence – were directed by 22 men. This 65th festival will end up giving the precious award to a male director for the 63rd time, defending the masculine values that give the seventh art its nobility.

Only once did the Cannes film festival lose heart. In 1993, the Palme d'Or was indeed awarded to Jane Campion. And last year, doubtless due to a lack of vigilance, four women somehow sneaked in among the 20 people nominated in the official competition. Thierry Frémeaux, the festival's director general, correctly »

- La Barbe

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