Kristen Stewart, Jane Fonda And More Actresses Plan On Protesting At Cannes

Julianne Moore opens up about 'traumatic' events in H'wood at Cannes

The group including actresses Marion Cotillard and Salma Hayek, directors such as Patty Jenkins, Ava DuVernay and Haifaa Al Mansour, agents like Hylda Queally and Maha Dakhil, and cinema professionals such as Telluride Film Festival programmer Julie Huntsinger and journalist Melissa Silverstein will climb the steps that lead to the festival's Theatre Debussy, pause and stand motionless and silent facing the Palais.

Only 4.3 percent of competition films were directed by women over the course of the festival's first 71 years and only one female filmmaker has won the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or.

At the first Cannes festival since the sexual abuse scandals that broke in Hollywood a year ago, Cate Blanchett, the head of the jury that will award the Palme d'Or, and veteran French director Agnes Varda read out a statement. 82 women from the film industry walk the red carpet to represent the limited number of female filmmakers who have been selected for the festival's competition lineup over its 71 years. It's all part of a demonstration that was planned weeks before the festival opened by growing "50/50 by 2020" movement - a collective launched on the heels of the #TimesUp Legal Defense Fund which aims for equal representation across the spectrum in Hollywood by 2020. Cate Blanchett is serving as President.

Shots fired towards Israeli communities in the Golan
Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a moved no recognised internationally. Israel responded by attacking anti-aircraft positions in Syria, but an Israeli warplane was shot down during the battle.

"We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination and progress".

The hushed, symbolic protest is going to be kept ahead of the premiere of French film maker Eva Husson's "Girls of sunlight", which is about a Kurdish battalion of feminine troopers.

Cannes has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years over the number of female directors selected into its main slate, considered one of the most esteemed achievements in cinema. Festival director Thierry Fremaux earlier this week hailed Saturday's event as a way for women "to affirm their presence". But he's also signaled that the festival is reanalyzing its procedures and making its selection committees gender-balanced.

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