Mati Diop talks about being Cannes Film Festival’s first black female director

Mati Diop talks about being Cannes Film Festival’s first black female director

“It was sad to learn that in 2019 such a thing had never happened before — there is still a long way to go. If as a young African filmmaker I can represent a minority that still has very little access to that kind of selection, that’s a good thing,” she says. “But I’d rather stay a little detached. It was almost as if my smaller story was encountering a much larger story. I really want the film to be taken for what it is, not for what I represent.”

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BBC examines why women are left out of cinema history

BBC examines why women are left out of cinema history

According to the BBC, 209 critics sent in their 10 greatest foreign-language films for the poll. Of these respondents, 94 were women – 45 percent –yet there are only four female directors of titles in the top 100: Chantal Akerman (“Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels”), Claire Denis (“Beau Travail”), Agnès Varda (“Cleo from 5 to 7”), and Katia Lund (co-director of “City of God”).

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Claire Denis’ English-language debut ‘High Life’ to get theatrical release through A24

Claire Denis’ English-language debut ‘High Life’ to get theatrical release through A24

The tale of a father and daughter struggling to survive in deep space, the film stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth and André Benjamin. The movie was written by Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau and Geoff Cox, and it has drawn comparisons to the science fiction of Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky.

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