Sexism in film industry hinders women: Cannes jury head Campion
By Alexandria Sage
CANNES France (Reuters) - The scarcity of female directors in the film industry is "undemocratic", the head of the Cannes film festival jury Jane Campion said on Wednesday, speaking out against sexism in the business that keeps many women's films out of view.
The comments by Campion, the only woman to have ever won the festival's prestigious Palme d'Or prize, came on the opening day of the 12-day event on the French Riviera, which in years past has been criticised for not presenting enough films made by women.
"I think you'd have to say there's some inherent sexism in the industry," Campion told journalists and film critics at a jury press conference in advance of the screening of the festival's opening-night film, Olivier Dahan's "Grace of Monaco".
"It does feel very undemocratic and women do notice," she said. "Time and time again, we don't get our share of representation."
This year, the festival's 67th season, the event features a majority female jury, with French actress Carole Bouquet, U.S. director Sofia Coppola, South Korean actress Jeon Do-Yeon and Iranian actress Leila Hatami joining Campion.
But out of 18 films, only two by female directors are in the running for the Palme d'Or - "Le Meraviglie" (The Wonders) by Italian director Alice Rohrwacher and "Futatsume No Mado" (Still the Water) by Japan's Naomi Kawase.
Two years ago, influential French daily Le Monde published an open letter signed by female directors and actresses accusing the film industry of a double standard.
"At Cannes, women show their breasts, men show their films," the letter said. Continued...