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In contrast to their 82, 1,866 films directed by men have been picked for the prestigious festival lineup.

Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux alluded to the women's red carpet plans on Monday, saying a large group of women were going to do something at the festival on Saturday "to affirm their presence".

Mahira Khan will be representing Pakistan at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14.

The protest's intent, according to organizers, was to draw attention to the difficulties women face both socially and professionally in the film industry.

At the first Cannes festival since the sexual abuse scandals that broke in Hollywood past year, Cate Blanchett, the head of the jury that will award the Palme d'Or, and veteran French director Agnes Varda read out a statement. Also joining are the five female members of this year's Cannes jury: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, Lea Seydoux, and Burundian singer Khadja Nin.

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Total of 82 women from the world of cinema will climb the steps that lead to the festival's Theatre Debussy, pause and stand motionless and silent facing the Palais.

"The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all", she concluded.

Chastain past year served as a jury member in Cannes, and was critical of the female representation in the festival's main slate. Jane Campion is the only female filmmaker to ever win the Palme.

Huma Qureshi at Cannes 2018: Clad in a lovely ivory white, intricately embroidered dress with a cape to go along with it, Huma Qureshi kept it simple and elegant. But he's also signaled that the festival is reanalyzing its procedures and making its selection committees gender-balanced.

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