Thierry Frémaux On Cannes: “If There Is One Place Where Female Filmmakers Are Welcome & Celebrated, It’s Here”

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Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux sat down today for a Q&A as part of the inaugural Women in Motion program that is looking at the role of women in film. He also addressed this week’s red-carpet sandal scandal that’s seen the festival lobbed with accusations of sexism. At Competition screenings of Carol and Mon Roi, some female ticket holders were turned away based on their flat footwear. Frémaux today apologized for and denounced the actions of the security guard responsible. “It was bullsh*t,” he said. He also wanted to clear up the fest’s policy on attire: “There is a rumor that the festival obliges women to wear heels. It’s a rumor, it is not true.”

Cannes has been accused of being sexist in the past, based on the disparate numbers of female filmmakers in the Official Selection. This year, it has taken steps to address the matter with…

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