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Check Out This Telling Chart on Women Directors at Cannes Over the Past Decade

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 12, 2014 at 1:22PM

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 to show the exact stats. Check it out, below.
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Palme d'Or Winning Directors at Cannes
Palme d'Or Winning Directors at Cannes

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.

Jane Campion at Cannes
Jane Campion at Cannes

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."

Women at Cannes chart


This article is related to: Festivals, Cannes, Cannes Film Festival, Women in Film, Jane Campion, Jane Campion


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.