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“It’s time to give a legislative answer to women in cinema”

LOn February 14, the Senate will consider the draft law, the purpose of which is “consolidation
the cinematographic sector”. It has been hit particularly hard during the Covid-19 pandemic, when its funding is essentially based on theater admissions. But months after they reopened and cinema attendances returned to normal, is the priority only on subscription card reform and rebalancing the relationship between distributors and cinema operators?

This cross-party and consensual text essentially adopts the recommendations of the report of the former President of the Competition Authority, Bruno Lasser, published on 3 April 2023.
Add provisions aimed at incorporating environmental protection into the National Cinema Center’s (CNC) missions and making production aid payments conditional on respect for copyright.

But the proposed law avoids other professional relationships in the sector that also deserve “regulation”: the relationships between producers, directors and actors. Since 2018 and the #metoo movement, there has been an awareness of the dark nature of the relationships formed by this professional triangle in French and international cinema, a movement that arose after the allegations against American producer Harvey Weinstein.

In France, the growth of exclusively women’s marches for 71 yearse The Cannes Film Festival in 2018 highlighted the structural inequality between men and women in the industry. In 2019, Parity Bonma increased the support fund granted to productions when they respect the balance between women and men in their recruitment.

Confusion of responsibilities

#metoo has also paved the way for a wider reflection on the male-dominated role behind the camera and the reinforcement of stereotypes, if not gender dominance, on screen. and the need for public authorities to promote other perspectives, especially female ones, to reduce systems of dominance. This is all the research work being done by critic Iris Bray and what associations like the 50/50 Collective are calling for.

After 2018, the public authorities left the CNC alone to maneuver. so it was
Implementation of gender and sexual violence prevention training delivered as three-hour modules to production company managers, but not to executive producers who are actually responsible for professional relationships during filming.

Source: Le Monde



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