WEEK IN WOMEN: Julianne Moore Advocates for Gender Parity at Cannes FF – Brandy McDonnell reports

Julianne Moore advocated for greater efforts for the movie industry to reach gender parity, including quotas, last week at France’s Cannes Film Festival. “In order to restore the balance, I do think that there will be, that we will need some measures to change our culture.”

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gong Li to Play Chinese volleyball icon Lang Ping – Brandy McDonnell reports

Gong Li, who was to receive the Kering Group’s annual Women in Motion award Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival in France, has signed on to star in a biopic directed by Peter Chan about Chinese volleyball legend Lang Ping. The film, produced by Chan’s We Pictures and Beijing-based JQ Pictures, is targeting a major China theatrical release timed to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Wanuri Kahiu’s RAFIKI Takes Cannes Despite Nairobi Ban – Nadia Neophytou reports

When the credits rolled and the lights came up at the end of her film’s premiere in the Palais des Festival, director Wanuri Kahiu stood next to her lead actresses Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, all dressed in off-white outfits, taking in the acclaim of a standing ovation. Someone in the audience shouted, ‘Thank you!’ and Kahiu put her hand over her heart.

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

awfj spotlight black littleScottish auteur Lynne Ramsay has created distinctively lyrical, deeply disturbing, and always unforgettable films about tormented people. Many film buffs consider her to be one of the greatest living film directors. Her latest, You Were Never Really Here opens this month. Continue reading…

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

Filmmaker Nancy Buirski’s engaging documentary about filmmaker Sidney Lumet premiered at Cannes 2015, where THE FEMALE GAZE frequent contributor Dana

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