Cannes Jury President Jane Campion Calls Out the ‘Inherent Sexism’ in the Film Industry

Cannes Jury President Jane Campion Calls Out the 'Inherent Sexism' in the Film Industry

Jane Campion is the only female director to have ever won the Cannes Film Festival’s most prestigious prize, the Palme d’Or (for 1993’s “The Piano”). The prize is an honor she clearly holds in great esteem, having agreed to head this year’s jury and having presided over the shorts jury in 2013. Still, the distinction is one that bothers her. When the moderator at today’s Cannes jury press conference addressed Campion as “Lady Palme,” the filmmaker appeared visibly uncomfortable.

Campion elaborated on her grimace midway through the conference in this key quote, during which she called out the “inherent sexism in the industry.” Read it in full below:

“… There is some inherent sexism in the industry. Thierry Frémaux told us that us only seven percent, out of the 1,800 films submitted to the Cannes Film Festival, were directed by women. He was proud to say that we had 20 percent in all of the programs. Nevertheless, it feels very undemocratic, and women do notice. Time and time again we don’t get our share of representation. Excuse me gentlemen, but the guys seem to eat all the cake. It’s not that I resent the male filmmakers. I love all of them. But there is something that women are thinking of doing that we don’t get to know enough about. It’s always a surprise when a woman filmmaker does come about.”

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Comments

ArtsBeatLA

"The Piano" is a wonderful film! I think it's important to note that while Jane Campion is the only woman ever to have been awarded the prestigious Palme d'Or prize at Cannes, she actually *shared* the prize that year (1993) with co-winner Chen Kaige, who also won for Farewell My Concubine (another magnificent movie). I remember this well as I was there.

Bernhardt

In this industry, being a woman has the inevitable Ginger Rogers feeling. Dancing backwards and in heels, but they will still praise Astaire.

Well, that if you get the lucky chance to dance. Most of us don't.

suchita bhhatia

Absolutely!! this needs to be spoken about!!!

suchita bhhatia

Absolutely!! this needs to be spoken about!!!

suchita bhhatia

Absolutely!! this needs to be spoken about!!!

suchita bhhatia

Absolutely!! this needs to be spoken about!!!

So if your a woman...

…and you make a film, your chances are better at getting into Cannes?

lagn

So a 7% bracket of the 100% of films being sent for Cannes consideration were women based? Hmm. I don't really see an inherent sexism in there anywhere. I do, however, see a woman who despite proclaiming her intentions does actually resent male directors.

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