Jodie Foster received a lifetime achievement award. “There is now an awareness that it’s been too long that we haven’t heard stories told by women,” says, Jodie Foster at the film festival.

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“This is the moment for women to enter the industry,” Jodie Foster said. Although male domination of the industry had “not changed completely,” she said, “there is now an awareness that it’s been too long that we haven’t heard stories told by women… This is the moment.”

The world’s biggest film festival fell victim to the pandemic in 2020, and this year was still subject to social distancing rules. While stars were allowed to walk the red carpet without masks, there was a strict no-kissing rule, but this was flaunted almost immediately as they started strutting up Cannes’ fabled staircase to the festival palace