As the grand Cannes Film Festival 2018 prepares to come to a close this weekend, people are commending this year’s affair to be a flag bearer for change.
We saw some interesting statements take center stage at Cannes, and we don’t just mean the fashionable kind! As the world moves towards becoming more socially responsible each day, here is a look at the important moments Cannes saw over the week.
Last Saturday 82 powerful women from the film industry, led by Cannes Jury President Cate Blanchett, joined forces for a powerful moment on the steps of the Palais des Festivals.
What’s the significance of this specific number? 82 represents the small number of women whose films have premiered in competition at Cannes, since the beginning of the festival.
“In the same period, 1688 male directors have climbed these very same stairs,” stated Blanchett in her speech. This peaceful protest will surely be marked as a historic move in the on-going battle for gender equality.
Kristen Stewart’s ‘no-heels’ move
Pictures of actress Kristen Stewart holding her black Louboutin heels in hand and walking up the steps have gone viral the past few days. While some think it was simply because the star was uncomfortable in her heels, many believe that is was a strategic move against the Cannes’ ‘no flat shoes’ policy.
It’s widely known that the festival requires women to wear heels on the red carpet, and even turned some attendees away in 2015 after they showed up in flats.
“I feel like you can’t ask people that any more – it’s a given. If you’re not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you cannot ask me either.” Kristen expressed last year.
Protest against Gaza attacks
Perhaps the most impactful move was when Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir led a rally at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, to show solidarity with the 60 people killed in the Gaza protests on the same day as the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem.
Similarly Lebanese actress Manal Issa held up a makeshift sign that read ‘Stop the attack on Gaza’ at the high-profile premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Attendees then linked hands and stood in silence for a minute to commemorate the dead. This also marks the first year that there has been a Palestinian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival.