A year after signing a pledge for gender equality during a festival that saw women protest en masse on the red carpet, Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux is defending the festival’s record on female filmmakers.

Addressing reporters on the eve of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, Fremaux spoke at length on Monday, both touting the festival’s strides in gender parity and bristling at what he described as Cannes’ being held to an impossible standard.

Fremaux says the festival is becoming more equal between men and women, but said that gender should not be a factor in Cannes’ selection process.

A view of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
A view of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
A view of the Palais des festivals during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
A view of the Palais des festivals during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Police officers walk by the Palais des festivals at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Police officers walk by the Palais des festivals at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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