Here's how Financial Times critic Nigel Andrews ended a recent piece on Cannes Film Festival
On screen, at least, there is great work by women in this festival. So pay no regard to the nonsensical fuss made by some commentators about the lack of female directors in the Competition. Would these commentators please name a woman-directed film as good as the male-directed films chosen? If they can’t, where is their argument? Let artistic quality dictate the Cannes selection – now and always – and not tokenist criteria of gender, race or any other group attributes.
I'm glad there are such strong female characters. So many of the films looks interesting, but that again does not change the point that we still need to see films from women directors.
And he actually helps make our point. We want to know what the films are that didn't make it. We want to know how the films get picked. We want to know who picks the films.
Here's to more nonsensical fuss.
h/t Darren Rosenblum