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Isabella Rossellini #Cannes the truth about women behind camera

  • JWB Post
  •  May 15, 2015

 

While the prestigious film festival has perennially dealt with complaints of under-representation of women in key roles and film selection, Cannes organizers are making a statement with their first two days of the festival, which started Wednesday.

Director Emmanuelle Bercot was the first woman since 1987 to open Cannes with Standing Tall. It was a clear statement, trumpeted by festival director Thierry Fremaux at the April media conference announcing the slate of films.

Rather than the big, splashy Hollywood movie opening that has kicked off most Cannes festivals, Standing Tall is a gritty drama about France’s juvenile justice system starring French acting icon Catherine Deneuve.

Thursday featured an equally rare film event, a female action hero holding her own in a big-budget Hollywood movie. But that describes Charlize Theron’s role in Mad Max: Fury Road, which rolled into Cannes for its gala premiere.

Then actress Isabella Rossellini provoked the audience declaring the current state of affairs in Hollywood. And she was quiet honest.

Bollywood has shown its presence too during the first day of the festival in the face of gorgeous Katrina Kaif.  Bollywood diva said that she had seen changes in the way Indian cinema depicts women.

We believe we should expect a stronger impact from Cannes Festival this year. What say?

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