WEEK IN WOMEN: Good/Bad News for Women at Cannes 2019 – Brandy McDonnell reports

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The initial lineup for France’s Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled, and there’s good news and bad news for women directors.

As previously reported, it’s been 11 months since 82 women – including Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, Salma Hayek, Jane Fonda and Patty Jenkins – climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at Cannes 2018 to call for improved gender equality in the film industry. Cannes 2018 jury president Cate Blanchett read a statement atop the Palais steps in English – while legendary French filmmaker Agnes Varda, who died last month, read it in French – noting that “Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise.”

Only three of the 18 films in competition last year were from female filmmakers — Cannes’ best showing since 2011.

With the announcement of this year’s lineup, Cannes has a new best since 2011 for female filmmakers … because four will have their work in the main competition at the 72nd fest. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.