BY KIMBERLY ROSE
It’s no secret that women have suffered in the film industry – from the shallow, objectified love interests they portray to the women behind the screens that go unrecognized, it’s a problem demanding to be solved. In a world of male superheroes and damsels in distress, it takes women to tell their stories to create more authentic female characters. Since the beginning of Award Season, men behind the cameras have been awarded more often than any female directors - making almost 24 male directors for every female director.
The most recent global gossip has been the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. At this iconic festival, movies worldwide are recognized and celebrated. Always an anticipated event – with Cannes you can find cinematic gold, celebrity looks, and French Riviera Instagram posts to fawn over for weeks. This year’s jury was led by Pedro Almódovar and included Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, actress Fan Bingbing, director Park Chan-wook and director Paolo Sorrentino.
One of the notable films showed at Cannes was “The Beguiled,” a Southern gothic psychological thriller which stars Nicole Kidman, Kristen Dunst, and Elle Fanning. Updating the 1971 Civil War drama starring Clint Eastwood, the movie follows an all-girls boarding school (led by teacher Nicole Kidman) that seeks revenge on a Union soldier, played by Colin Farrell. Devilishly known for its plot (and feisty illustration of girl power), “The Beguiled” earned more than attention at the wrapping of Cannes this weekend.
Enforcing the societal change for women in film, director of “The Beguiled,” Sofia Coppola, was honored with the Best Director award. Also known for her work in “The Bling Ring,” “Lost in Translation,” “The Virgin Suicides,” and “Marie Antoinette” – Coppola is the second woman to be awarded Best Director in the 70 years the French Film Festival has made history. The first win was 56 years ago when Russian Yuliya Sointseva won the award for “The Story of the Flaming Years” in 1961. It’s less than surprising that only two women have been presented with this recognition, but it is a step in the right direction.
And now that the Gala has ended, I can’t begin to contain my excitement for the titles and awards that will come out of next years.
Here is the full list of Cannes 2017 winners:
Palme d’Or: “The Square,” directed by Ruben Östlund
Grand Prix: “120 Beats Per Minute,” directed by Robin Campillo
Jury Prize: “Loveless,” directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
Best Actress: Diane Kruger, “In the Fade”
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here”
Best Director: Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled”
Best Screenplay: a tie between “You Were Never Really Here” (written by Lynne Ramsay) and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou)
Camera d’Or, honoring the best debut feature: “Jeune Femme,” directed by Léonor Sérraille
Best Short Film: “A Gentle Night,” directed by Qiu Yang
70th Anniversary Prize: Nicole Kidman starred in four Cannes titles this year, making her more than just a familiar face at the festival (“The Beguiled,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” and “Top of the Lake: China Girl”)