#GAReads | How Kristen Stewart, Jane Fonda, and 80 Other Women Will Protest Cannes's Astonishing Gender Gap
On Saturday night, on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, 82 women intend to make a dramatic statement about how difficult it is to ascend professionally in the film industry.
The group — planned to include actresses like Kristen Stewart, Jane Fonda, Marion Cotillard, and Salma Hayek, directors such as Patty Jenkins, Ava DuVernay, and Haifaa Al Mansour, agents like CAA’s Hylda Queally and Maha Dakhil, and other cinema professionals such as Telluride Film Festival programmer Julie Huntsinger, and journalist Melissa Silverstein — will climb the steps that lead to the festival’s Théâtre Debussy, pause and stand motionless and silent facing the Palais. The intention, organizers say, is to express how hard it still is to climb the social and professional ladder as woman in the film industry. Among the women, Cate Blanchett and Agnès Varda will read a statement.