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Sexism Watch: Comment from Critic in Cannes

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by Melissa Silverstein
May 23, 2012 9:40 AM
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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

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2 Comments

  • Jan Lisa Huttner | May 29, 2012 12:43 AMReply

    "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?" Don't you just love it! Nigel Andrews has no idea what he hasn't seen & yet he's completely confident that he has seen "the best," so the burden of proof is on us to show otherwise. Yes, Nigel Andrews: "Let artistic quality dictate the Cannes selection – now and always," so try asking that the selection team is balanced so there will be a better chance that ALL the options have been fairly evaluated.

  • Bes | May 23, 2012 5:22 PMReply

    How can these media establishment figures be so stupid that they don't care that the view point of 52% of the population of the world is not represented by their film festival? I realize the concept of fairness, and promoting many points of view are probably meaningless to them but do they actually think excluding 52% of the population of the world is a good business model?

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