Cannes Film Festival 2018: The Fight for Inclusion Continues — Moira Sullivan reports

cannes festival 2018 logoOfficially, this was the year for women at Cannes. It is a year that is only meaningful if the number of films made by women selected to the festival increases. The realization that Cannes is a hunting ground for sexual predators can never be erased thanks to Asia Argento’s face to face in the closing ceremony. Festival de Cannes may not continue under the same exclusive terms of the past, but this is the year where acknowledging the achievements of women was dynamically profiled. Inclusion is yet to come. Continue reading…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Women Protest at Cannes, Chastain-led 355 Scores Deal, Witherspoon’s Girls Film Program — Brandy McDonnell reports

Cannes Film Festival 2018 Jury Chair Cate Blanchett and Palme d’Or-winning director Agnes Varda stood among 82 women in film who gathered on the red carpet at the Lumière Theater to protest the 71 year old festival’s exceptionally poor record on inclusion of women in all areas of festival programming, and demand greater equality for women in the film industry. Also at Cannes, the Jessica Chastain-led spy thriller 355 scores a big deal with Universal Pictures. And, Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine media company is joining with AT&T and Fresh Films to create the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab for teenage girls. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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SPOTLIGHT April 2018: Lynne Ramsey, Glaswegian, Director of YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

LYNNE RAMSAY HEAD 1Writer/director Lynne Ramsay is yet another confirmation that Scotland is one of the coolest places on the planet for cultivating artists. Ramsay has created a multi-hyphenate career as writer, director, producer, and cinematographer. A number of distinguished film world insiders have called her one of the greatest living filmmakers. As evidenced by her career and loyal fans, it appears that she stands squarely in the middle of those Scots who don’t suffer fools, and for better or worse, dance to their own drums. Continue reading…

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THE VILLAINESS — Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

the villainess posterThe reputation of South Korean genre film has been growing exponentially as a force to be reckoned with. The Cannes Film Festival has proven a fertile space for the release of the best the country has on offer to Western markets, and following the success of Yeon-Sang-ho’s extraordinary zombie film Train to Busan in 2016, Cannes’ Midnight Screenings this year featured Jung Byung-gil’s high-octane female-centred action movie The Villainess. Starring Kim Ok-bin (most immediately recognisable from her performance in Park Chan-wook’s 2009 film Thirst), The Villainess by some accounts received a four-minute standing ovation when it screened at Cannes, fuelled no doubt as much by admiration for the film itself as it was a sheer biological necessity to release the film’s near-palpable, contagious energy. Continue reading…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Jenkins and Coppola Make Movie History

Between Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and Sofia Coppola’ The Beguiled, the past two weeks have been benchmark for female filmmakers. Wonder Women is the highest earning female director, and The Beguiled won prizes for Coppola at Cannes. Read the details on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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SPOTLIGHT DECEMBER 2016: Maren Ade, Director and Producer, TONI ERDMANN — by Julide Tanriverdi

awfjspotlightsmallsmallmaren-ade2The German filmmaker Maren Ade is making waves with her third feature Toni Erdmann which caused a sensation at the Cannes Film Festival. Now it opens in theaters and this is a movie no one should miss. Read on…

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Nancy Buirski Talks SIDNEY LUMET, Doc Form and Women in Film — Dana Knight interviews (Exclusive)

nancy buirski 1Filmmaker Nancy Buirski’s engaging documentary about filmmaker Sidney Lumet premiered at Cannes 2015, where THE FEMALE GAZE frequent contributor Dana Knight caught up with her to chat about her esteemed subject, other directors who’ve influenced her work, taking a turn at a narrative feature and the business of women in film. Read on…

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Frances McDormand Talks Cinema and Women @ Cannes – Dana Knight reports (Exclusive)

mcdormand1 upheadAt the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, Kering and the Festival de Cannes launched the first edition of the Women in Motion program, spotlighting women’s contributions to cinema. Frances McDormand, a featured guest: “By saying we need “help” we keep the conversation back a little bit. We don’t need “help”, we need money, we need platforms, we need voices but we don’t need “help”. AWFJ’s THE FEMALE GAZE contributor Dana Knight reports. Read on…

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Honoring Agnès Varda at Cannes 2015 – Quendrith Johnson comments

agnes vardaFrench New Wave Director Agnès Varda is the first female filmmaker to receive the Cannes Film Festival’s coveted Palme d’Or in the festival’s 68 year history. Varda, who turns 87 on May 30, has made a vital and lasting personal stamp on the international world of cinema and its aesthetics, and has guided many burgeoning filmmakers to self expression and successful careers. Varda’s cinema theories and practice are challenging in the best ways. Her concept of ‘cinecriture’ distinguishes the art of writing for film from from other forms of literature, and she defines filmmaking as the art of making decisions that embrace the unquantifiable factors of faith and chance. Read more>>

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On High Heels and Hollywood’s Real Heels – Brandy McDonnell comments

high-heels-45481_164x164While the Cannes Film Festival created a controversy over its rule that women must wear high heels to walk the red carpet to some of the festival’s screenings, back in Hollywood, it became clear that some industry honchos are real low down heels of the sexist and ageist variety. And actresses are getting very vocal in their protests. Read more>>

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Female Directors at Cannes 2015, Thus Far – Jennifer Merin comments

cannes logoCannes has announced that Emmanuelle Bercot’s Standing Tall (La Tête Haute), will open this year’s festival on May 13. To date, two femme-helmed films have been scheduled in the competition, and they are Maïwenn’s Mon Roi and Valérie Donzelli’s Marguerite And Julien. Read on…

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