Here’s an article by Pete Hammond of Deadline: Hollywood. Jane Campion is the only woman to ever win a Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival in the 67-year history. Campion was quite outspoken about sexism in the industry, which has lead some to believe that is why this year’s jury is primarily female and that they may use this year’s Palme d’Or prize to “make a statement”. There are only two female directors in the category, which is causing some speculation that Campion and the jury will pick a female-directed film.
Here’s a quote from the article: “But Campion, who won her Palme d’Or for 1993′s The Piano, was quite outspoken when the subject of employment for women in the industry came up. “I think you would have to say there is some inherent sexism in the industry. (Cannes programming chief) Thierry Fremaux told us only 7% of the 1800 films submitted to the Cannes Film Festival were directed by women… It does feel a little bit undemocratic,” she said. “Time and time again we don’t get our share of representation. It’s not that I resent the male-directed films but there is something women are thinking of doing we don’t get to know enough about.” She added that it is often a surprise when a film does come about that really offers a strong female vision.”