By Comic Relief
Certainly without controversial decisions and dissenting voices we would not have the discord that has erupted around Cannes female nominations regarding the Palme d’or directorial prize. If you have not heard, of the 22 films designated for the competition prize consideration, no women directors were considered. The outrage stimulated by that festival incidentally helped draw out many of our popular notions and feelings in regard to gender equality and gender equity in film. But before we talk about these ideas we should first cover a few essential facts regarding the festival.