Venice 2019 Line-Up Reminds Us Gender Equality Has a Long Way to Go (Commentary)

  • The Wrap
Since the #MeToo movement began sweeping across the entertainment industry nearly two years ago, few corners of the film world have made as many significant strides in gender equity in film as the festival circuit.

As Hollywood studios move at a pace slower than melting glaciers to hire female filmmakers, curators and organizers have stepped in to give women a platform to screen their movies, find mentors, network with industry insiders, compete for prizes or distribution and so on. Major players like Sundance, Berlin and next week’s Toronto International Film Festival have pushed their programming toward gender parity in percentages never seen at the studio level.

That’s not the case for the Venice Film Festival, whose organizers seem to have washed their hands of the equality agreement they signed just last year. That was when Jennifer Kent was the only woman in the main competition with her film,
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