Pointing to the fact that 12 of the 61 foreign films submitted for 2007 Academy Awards consideration were directed by women, Anne Thompson notes in THR’s Risky Biz blog that women directors have an easier time getting films made abroad than they do in the US. In Hollywood, “the state of support for women directors remains woeful. Even when someone brilliant comes along like Karen Moncrieff, who wrote and directed the 2002 Sundance hit “Blue Car” and this year’s just-released “The Dead Girl,” it’s hard to summon up much optimism for her future,” writes Thompson. In comparison, the women who’ve helmed this year’s Academy Awards submissions from France and Denmark, have directed numerous films in their respective countries– and shun the idea of working in Hollywood because they fear creative controls execised by studios and producers.
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