When Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar, I noted: "we must remember that there is still a long battle ahead. This is a great step that only marks change in the industry if women continue to stay in the spotlight with critical and box office success. This could, very easily, become a fluke in Hollywood's boys' club. As it stands, 2010 doesn't seem to have the same femme-centric punch as 2009." Well, forget about punch. When it comes to Cannes Film Festival, there's barely a murmur.
Last week, Cannes announced their film lineup for next month's festivities. After the fest kicks off with Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, the Cannes Competition lineup (competing for the Palme d'Or) features notable filmmakers like Kiarostami, Inarritu, and Leigh, but not one woman. If you jump to the Official Selection list, there is one -- Agnes Kocsis and her film Pal Adrienn. And only the Special Screenings gets more balance with Sophie Fiennes' Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, Sabina Guzzanti's Draquila: Italy Trembles, and Luciana Bezerra's involvement in 5 X Favela Por Nos Mesmos. There are four slots left, but unless the tide turns, we're looking at 20 male directors and not one female.
Juliette Binoche's poster light-writing might put a femme face to this year's festival, but it's quite superfluous and begs the question: Has anything really changed since Bigelow's 2009 whirlwind?