The Cannes Film Festival remains one of the most prominent film festivals in the world. First established as a bulwark against the cultural institutions of the regimes of Hitler and Mussolini, Cannes continues to hold a defining role within world cinema.
This year, in lieu of the Me Too movement, the 71st Cannes Film Festival had an a majority female jury, presided by Cate Blanchett. Though an important gesture, Cannes only featured three women filmmakers’ works in competition. With only one female winner of the Palme d’Or (Jane Campion), the festival has a long way to go in challenging the dominance of filmic conceptualizations that prioritize “national movements, waves, and traditionally masculine cinema d’auteur” (Deshpande and Mazaj 393)
Refer to Chapter 9: Transnational formations (392) for more on women’s cinema