Actress Jessica Chastain discovered the depiction of ladies within the movies she screened at this yr’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival to be “quite disturbing.”
“This is the first time I’ve watched 20 films in 10 days. … And the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women, from the female characters that I saw represented,” the Cannes jury member stated throughout a press convention. “And it was quite disturbing to me to be honest.”
Chastain was fast to level out that there have been some exceptions to what she noticed. One of these is probably going Sofia Coppola, who made historical past because the second lady ever to win Best Director in Cannes’ 70-year historical past for her work on The Beguiled, a remake of the 1971 Southern gothic drama starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, and Colin Farrell.
“But for the most part, I was surprised with the representation of female characters onscreen in these films,” Chastain stated. She added that the inclusion of extra feminine storytellers would result in extra genuine feminine characters in cinema — characters, she stated, which might be “proactive, have their own agencies, don’t just react to the men around them, [and] they have their own point of view.”
Fellow jury member Will Smith astutely added, “A couple of black folks won’t hurt there either. We’ll talk about that in another time.”
This is not the primary occasion of Chastain criticizing the movie business over its portrayal of ladies. She’s lengthy been an advocate for ladies in Hollywood, not too long ago telling Variety that the issue goes far past the shortage of female-driven movies. “We also need to recognize more women go to the movie theaters than men,” she stated. “More women play video games than men. There’s a huge audience out there that wants stories about women.”
And with regards to the business’s gender-wage hole, Chastain has stated, “I’m not taking jobs anymore where I’m getting paid a quarter of what the male costar is being paid.”
The dearth of feminine administrators in Hollywood is just not a brand new phenomenon. In 2015, the ACLU filed to launch civil rights investigations into the shortage of feminine administrators in movie and tv, citing abysmal statistics: Only 1.9 % of the 100 highest-grossing movies of 2014 have been directed by ladies. And these numbers do not get any higher.
With Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman on the horizon, one hopes a sure Amazon warrior princess can shatter Hollywood’s glass ceiling and show simply how very important feminine storytellers are to the success of the business at giant.
Jessica Chastain Criticizes Films At Cannes For ‘Disturbing’ Portrayal Of Women by: Elie Abi Younes published: