Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

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Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore advocated for greater efforts for the movie industry to reach gender parity, including quotas, last week at France’s Cannes Film Festival, according to Time.

“We will not have gender parity unless everybody is cooperating. Women are not a special interest group. We’re 52 percent of the global population,” Moore said at a Mastercard MasterClass event alongside Werner Herzog and Xavier Dolan at Cannes. “In order to restore the balance, I do think that there will be, that we will need some measures to change our culture.”

“We will have to make major changes to reach parity. That’s just a fact. So, I do believe in quotas. I really do,” added Moore. “I believe in trying to level the playing field for everybody regardless of their gender or their culture or ethnicity. You have to open doors.”

While gender quotas haven’t been much discussed in Hollywood, they’re more common in Europe where moviemaking is often partly supported by public money. Sweden, Norway and Ireland have instituted 50-50 quotas in allocating public funds for male and female filmmakers, and so has the British Film Institute.

As previously reported, women made up 8 percent of directors on the top 250 films at the U.S. box office last year, down from 11 percent the year before, according to January’s 21st annual The Celluloid Ceiling study by Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

Moore stars in the short film “The Staggering Girl,” directed by Luca Guadagnino, which is playing in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes.


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