Jessica Chastain disturbed by portrayal of women at Cannes

Pierre Vaugeois
Июня 2, 2017

The actor was speaking at the closing press conference of this year's festival jury, of which she is a member. For actress Jessica Chastain, a role on the jury at Cannes led to a sobering realization about the portrayal of women on the big screen.

"When I saw the original The Beguiled, it was so interesting to me that it's a man going into this world of women and I thought it would be so fun to flip it on the head and tell the same story but from the female characters", Coppola said.

"And it was quite disturbing, if I'm honest", she said at the conference.

Perhaps there is no greater testament to Chastain's assertion "that if you have female storytelling, you have more authentic female storytellers", than the forthcoming Wonder Woman movie.

She continued to say she hoped more "female storytellers" would be portrayed "like the women I know in my day-to-day life". "They don't just react to the men around them, they have their own point of view". "They have their own point of view", she added.

The actress, who served on the jury for the film fest, said that she found the depiction of women in films that she saw "quite disturbing" as a whole.

Chastain's remarks were heralded on social media by several notable female storytellers, such as Ava DuVernay and America Ferrara.

Cannes has long faced accusations of gender inequality, and has made public the intent to include more women directors and films depicting female realities. In doing so, they can take a page from Tribeca Film Festival since a third of the directors selected for this year's event were female.

Earlier in the week at Cannes, director Jane Campion, the only female filmmaker to win the Palme d'Or in the 70-year history of the festival, expressed her outrage at the statistic.

This year, the festival included 12 women directors in the official selection, up from nine last year.

Statements like these put Chastain in a small but mighty circle of female celebrities consistently advocating for women's equality.

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