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The 2018 Cannes Film Festival Women’s March called for gender parity, representing the 82 women who have competed for the Palme in the festival’s 71-year history, compared to 1,688 men

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The Cannes Film Festival announced on their Twitter feed today the dates for the 72nd : May 14-25th, 2019.

This moves the festival back to its more regular schedule of previous years. This last summer saw the festival with an earlier bow, May 8, and on a Tuesday. The new dates will keep the Tuesday start and Saturday finish. “The festival is beginning a new period in its history. We intend to renew the principles of our organization as much as possible, while continuing to question the cinema of our age and to be present through its upheavals,” said festival President Pierre Lescure in a statement last year.

This last festival also saw changes in press screenings being held either simultaneously with the gala premiere of a film or the next morning but it is unclear at this time if that will continue.

Also on the forefront this summer was the Women’s March led by jury President Cate Blanchett and the festival’s pledge for 50/50 gender parity and inclusion by 2020. Of the 21 titles In Competition only three were directed by women. Two of them won awards: Nadine Labiki’s Capharnaum won the Jury Prize; Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro tied for the Screenplay prize. In the festival’s 71-year history only one female director has ever won the Palme d’Or – Jane Campion for The Piano in 1993. The Un Certain Regard, Critics’ Week and Directors Fortnight selections fared a bit better, but not by much.

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