Since its inception in the 1940s, the event has been famous for screen beauties in flowing dresses on the red carpet and at various beach parties.
But in 2012, the main Palme d'Or competition lineup features a sum total of zero films from female directors.
Three years after the Oscars finally saw fit to give a woman the 'Best Director' gong, it seems sad that Cannes didn't feel a single female-directed feature was worthy of its 22-film main competition.
Last year saw movies from Maïwenn, Naomi Kawase, Lynne Ramsay and Julia Leigh up for the Palme d'Or - though there's a pretty strong argument that the latter's Sleeping Beauty was the most misogynistic and exploitative picture there.
Diane Kruger, Andrea Arnold and Emmanuelle Devos are on the jury for this year's Palme d'Or, and they've obviously been quizzed on the matter.
Fish Tank and Wuthering Heights director Arnold, who has won two Jury Prizes at Cannes in the past, thinks that the problem is with the wider industry.
"I would absolutely hate it if my film was selected because I was a woman," she said. "I would only want my film to be selected for the right reasons.
"It's true the world over - in the world of film there are just not many woman film directors.
"I guess Cannes is a small pocket that represents how it is out there in the world and that's a great pity, a great disappointment."
We're certainly not asking for 11 woman-directed films to be thrust in competition at Cannes every year regardless of quality, but given the diversity in style and strength of the lineup, to have none seems nothing short of a disgrace.
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