Cannes’ female-free directors line-up criticized

May 17, 2012 • Entertainment

Cannes Film Festival Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux poses during a photo call for Moonrise Kingdom at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

CANNES, France (AP) — At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, there are directors in their 30s and their 80s, directors from Europe and North America, directors from Asia and the Middle East — but no women.

Not, at least, among the 22 films competing for the coveted Palme D’Or, an absence that has drawn criticism from feminists — and a defense from the festival’s artistic director. Thierry Fremaux argues it’s not his fault that filmmaking remains primarily “a male sport.”

“I don’t select films because the film is directed by a man, a woman, white, black, young, an old man,” said Fremaux, who has led the festival since 2001. “I select films because I think they deserve to be in selection.

“It wouldn’t be very nice to select a film because the film is not good but it is directed by a woman,” he added.

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