She added that 71 male directors have received the Palme d'Or, the most prestigious award of the festival. The statement coincides with the Cannes Film Festival's announcement that it will be signing "concrete, strong commitments" to diversity on Monday, Deadline reports, though it's not clear what exactly those commitments will be.
In total, 82 women will climb the fabled stairs of the festival venue late Saturday in honor of the 82 films by female directors to have featured in the competition since 1946 - a number dwarfed by the almost 1,700 male contenders.
A total of 82 women from the world of cinema will climb the steps that lead to the festival's Theatre Debussy, pause and stand motionless and silent facing the Palais.
"On these steps today stand 82 women representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946". We acknowledge all of the women and men who are standing for change. "Trust us. I am planning on squeezing in another one!", the singer okes as she poses in the back of a vehicle.
Also significant: The showing preceded the gala premiere for the only female-directed film in competition this year, Eva Husson's "Girls of the Sun", a drama about a Kurdish female fighters.
'We are writers, producers, directors, actresses, cinematographers, talent agents, editors, distributors, sales agents and all involved in the cinematic arts'. The group supposedly includes a swath of female heavyweights in Hollywood from actresses like Salma Hayek to directors like Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins and activist-journalists like Melissa Silverstein.
Hopefully, this protest will help to initiate change, not just at Cannes, but industry-wide.
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The outspoken actress proudly displayed a 50/50 badge, symbolizing equal pay, on her dress strap as she took part in Cannes first Women's March.
Blanchett has expressed her unhappiness that Cannes has once again failed to buck the trend of previous years and invite more female directors.
"There are many women on the jury but I wish there were more in competition", the Australian-born star told French radio earlier this week.
The 48-year-old has emerged as a key figure in Hollywood's fight against sexual misconduct.
On the organization's website it calls out disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein and offers statements that echo the Time's Up and #MeToo movements.
Her comments echo those of fellow actress Jessica Chastain who served on the jury past year and lambasted Cannes for its "disturbing" depiction of women.