See London's Daily Mail, "Cannes Film Festival at centre of sexism row over top award." And from Telegraph UK, "Cannes 2012: Organisers accused of sexism":
A group of prominent female directors, including Andrea Arnold, have accused Cannes 2012 organisers of sexism.
The absence of women directors from the Cannes competition line-up is “a great pity and a great disappointment”, according to British film-maker and jury member Andrea Arnold.RELATED: "She's a bit tied up at the moment: Diane Kruger makes her debut on the Cannes jury in a racy, lace-up mini-dress."
All 22 films competing for the Palme d’Or are male, prompting a group of prominent female directors to write a letter accusing organisers of sexism.
The open letter to French newspaper Le Monde said: “Men love their women to have depth, but only when it comes to their cleavages,” and claimed that women were only allowed to walk the Cannes red carpet “on the arm of a prince charming”.
Asked about the sexism row, Arnold said: “It’s true the world over and in the world of film that there just aren’t many women film directors, so I guess Cannes is a small pocket that represents how it is out there in the world.
“And that’s a great pity and a great disappointment because women obviously make up half of the population; they have voices and things to say about life and the world that it would be good for us all to hear.”