In Pictures: Cinema's women demand equality on the steps at Cannes

Jury President Cate Blanchett led an assembly of stars and women from the world of cinema on the red carpet to call for equality and pay equity with their male counterparts.

Australian actress Cate Blanchett walked up the steps with several members of the jury before dozens of women directors, screenwriters and actresses joined them.

On the steps, 82 women listened to a speech given by French film directing legend Agnès Varda and Cate Blanchett. The number 82 refers to the number of women selected to compete for the Palme d’Or since the dawn of the Festival, compared to 1,688 men.

French-Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (right) walked up the Cannes steps for the premiere of the French film ‘Girls of the sun’, presented in the official competition, in which she plays the leader of a battalion of female Kurdish fighters.

A rare spontaneous moment on the red carpet: France’s Eva Husson, who directed ‘Girls of the sun’, greets her young son at the top of Cannes’s famed steps.

Indian actress and model Aishwarya Rai walks the red carpet in an impressive peacock-print dress.

Swedish model Elsa Hosk made quite an impression on the red carpet with her dress in pink pastel hues.

British actress Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for Best Actress in 2007 for her title role in ‘The Queen’, poses on the red carpet.

Cassandro el Exotico, a gay Mexican wrestler, makes his arrival on the red carpet. The lucha libre star is the subject of a documentary presented in the parallel Acid selection.

Marion Cotillard is back at Cannes for her latest film, ‘Angel Face’, presented in the parallel 'Un Certain Regard' selection.

Benhaz Jafari (left) and Marzieh Rezai star in the Iranian film ‘Three faces’, presented in the official competition.

The team from ‘Three faces’ poses at the top of the steps before the premiere. Director Jafar Panahi remains under house arrest in Iran but several members of his family were able to make it to Cannes.