Cannes Film Fest 2018: 5050×2020 Movement–Blanchett, Stewart, Cotillard, Jenkins, DuVernay Marching Up the Stairs

Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, Patty Jenkins, and Ava DuVernay are among the 82 women who will walk up the Red Carpet main stairs of the Palais, the main showcase of the Cannes Film Fest, on Saturday as part of agenda for gender equality in the global film industry.

The event takes place ahead of the gala premiere for Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun,” a drama about a Kurdish female battalion, which is one of the three woman-directed films competing at Cannes Film Fest.

The march is organized by a new movement called 5050×2020, which calls for more gender equality and diversity in the French film industry.

There are 82 women as a symbol for the 82 female-directed films that have played at Cannes’s official competition, compared with 1645 films directed by men,” said the 5050×2020 org.

Actresses, directors, screenwriters, producers, technicians and agents will pause at half-point on the stairs and stand still and silent facing the Palais.

The message: Draw bigger attention the difficulties that women face climbing the social and professional ladder in the male-dominated movie business.

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and legendary New Wave director Agnès Varda, representing different nationalities, industries, and generations, will then read a joint statement.