The number of women directors who make it into the Cannes lineup is a source of yearly contention. And it makes sense. Over the past ten years, there’s been virtually no consistent improvement in terms of women auteurs landing in the hallowed competition program. Un Certain Regard has gradually improved — slightly.
Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood blog has created a handy if depressing chart, cleverly titled “No Cannes Do,” to show the exact stats. Check it out, below. It should be noted that the numbers include women who directed and co-directed. This year, Alice Rohrwacher (“La Meraviglie”) and Naomi Kawese (“Still the Water”) are in competition, while Jessica Hausner (“Amour fou”), Asia Argento (“Incompresa”), Marie Amachoukeli and Claire Beuger (along with Samuel Theis for “Party Girl”) and Keren Yadaya (“Harcheck mi headro”) are in Un Certain Regard. (Full lineup here.)
Meanwhile, this year’s jury president Jane Campion (who recently revealed she’s close to sealing a deal to adapt 2013 National Book Award finalist “The Flamethrowers,” with Scott Rudin producing) remains the only woman director to ever win the Palme d’Or. And still no female director has been the sole winner of the top prize. Campion shared the award in 1993 — “The Piano” tied with Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine.”