12:23 pm - 04/17/2014

Cannes snubs women directors yet again: only two women in the main competition


Mess. Cannes has always been shitty about including women though. I remember in 2009 people were saying women were taking over cause there were three of them in the main comp.
dilidilzz 17th-Apr-2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
I see this type of info and I suddenly start to freak out. I dream of writing/directing movies and it seems to be really tough to make it as a writer/director in the biz if you're a female.

Edited at 2014-04-17 04:49 pm (UTC)
ms_mmelissa 17th-Apr-2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
If you're looking for positive inspiration Sundance knows that the numbers suck and they actually promote a lot of women through their workshops and their festival. Last year their competition lineup was 50/50 women/men.

Cannes is just dumb.
dilidilzz 17th-Apr-2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'm actually applying to the 'Screenwriters Lab' for 2015… I've gotten some really good feedback on my 'Opera Prima' and already have the next 30 scripts outlined consisting of a mini-series, 2 trilogies, 2 shorts, 1 documentary and 9 Feature Films. I have so many ideas and projects and a part of me is just freaked that those ideas might never see the light of day regardless of how awesome others say they are.
ms_mmelissa 17th-Apr-2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
I applied to one of their labs too and just got rejected yesterday lol :’(
Wish you better luck than me!

Don’t lose heart! There are certainly fewer woman working consistently, but they do exist. Bier, Breillat and Denis for example are constantly putting out work.
dilidilzz 17th-Apr-2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm keeping busy and creative…. I'm a photographer and I'm now starting the path towards writer/director…I joke with my mother that I have chosen all the path towards NO stability, I studied Culinary arts and the Photography and now this…. So basically I have lots of creativity but only about a 25% of the things in my head have found a way out. But I'm at least able to work and make $$ to pay bills but in terms of the work I'd really like to do, I'm not there yet because the ideas exceed my present possibilities.
im_a_crepe 17th-Apr-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Damn girl. I'm so lazy. This is inspiring. I need to get my shit together.

And as far as freaking out goes, I know that feeling too well. Just keep writing and making yourself better and better everyday. The rest is up to networking (which I'm sure is partially the purpose of these writing labs, contests, grad school, etc.)...KEEP GOING!
dilidilzz 17th-Apr-2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
I actually think I have a shot at making my dreams come true, through photography and the work I've done in the last 5 years the networking part is pretty much taken care of, I even met someone this weekend that's a super P.R person in the arts world and he loved my work… It's not really about money, I just want to create art and be able to have enough $$ to get by and not depend on anyone, I get amazing feedback from everyone but the $$$ is always lacking, so I think that's why I freak out so much, cause everyone praises the work and blah blah blah but then the $$$ is never there, or other people make money while I'm still broke.
winniechili 17th-Apr-2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
Women are doing really well in indies. Not like super duper awesome obviously, but Sundance is always cognizant of including many female directors.
dilidilzz 17th-Apr-2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'm trying that route, applying to the Labs and whatnot. I actually don't want to make blockbuster… I want to do more Art House Cinema type stuff… Think a female 'Michael Haneke' with dashes of Danny Boyle, David Fincher and Quentin Tarantino…. that's how I'd describe the visual aesthetic of work I want to make.

Edited at 2014-04-17 05:41 pm (UTC)
holymotors 17th-Apr-2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
Naomi Kawase is sf amazing, i just discovered her films and i love everything I've seen so far
ms_mmelissa 17th-Apr-2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
Ohhh recommendations? (love the icon btw)
holymotors 17th-Apr-2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
'Hanezu' and 'The Mourning Forest' are my favorites. also i'd recommend her documentaries, 'Embracing' and 'Katatsumori' are def worth checking out
liliana_ 17th-Apr-2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
I cracked up at Deadline buying that "record female presence" drivel. A quick look shows how misleading that 15 number was.

I really don't get why they didn't give Mia Hansen-Love an official comp slot. They're getting so set in their ways. Are there really people clamoring for the new Ken Loach or Egoyan films? And I say this as someone who lists The Sweet Hereafter as one of my fave films of all-time, but lbr, they've both been subpar for ages now and this could've been a good time to put in some more exciting choices.
ms_mmelissa 17th-Apr-2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
Egoyan's continued presence at Cannes is the worst. I'm all for Canadian directors being recognized, but Egoyan hasn't made a good movie since 1997. I don't have high-hopes for this latest movie either because I hate both Where the Truth Lies and Adoration and they both made the competition line up.
jiggle_jingles8 17th-Apr-2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
This is so fucked up. I had hopes that the inclusion of women like Jane Campion in the jury selections would have made a difference, but NOPE. Same limited space for female film makers crap again.
fairchilds 17th-Apr-2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
Not to mention only Kawase is the only Asian filmmaker In Competition. I thought last year was bad when only Koreeda and Jia Zhangke were the only ones for In Competition but i see this year is way worst.
ndobler 18th-Apr-2014 12:50 am (UTC)
last year takashi miike was also competing
so 2014 is even worse
ronnie_luvs_u 17th-Apr-2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not even surprised. This little men's club needs to be torn apart and sold for scraps. "Not good enough" is such bullshit when you see some of the garbage selected for Cannes. Those films listed were probably not accepted because they deal with the stories of women and as it can be seen, those are apparently worthless. Who wants to hear about women, they're not even people.

misscb 17th-Apr-2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
I work for the festival and the truth is that proportionally, we don't have a lot of requests and submissions from female directors.
The issue is with the industry, not with Cannes, even though they could always do better.

Edited at 2014-04-17 05:37 pm (UTC)
therearewords 17th-Apr-2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
Oh people of Cannes, keep clinging. Other festivals will pass you left and right while you continue to rim old white straight men.
emptyobsidian 17th-Apr-2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
There was some competition where they picked the best 100 books released in a year and there wasn't a single woman author chosen and the people who ran the competition had the same types of excuses-that it is about quality and not gender, that there were books that had female characters as the main character, that one of the books had a woman contributor. It is all such bullshit. Do people who do stuff like that genuinely believe what they are saying or do they know they are lying pieces of shit?
istya 17th-Apr-2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
Where is Miss Julie tho? Thought Cannes would be all over that!
mayjailer 17th-Apr-2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
hipster_douche 17th-Apr-2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
Probs not ready or Liv is saving it for Venice.
supertex 17th-Apr-2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
disappointing, but sadly, not altogether surprising.

OT i was giddy af to when i watched an Under the Skin featurette where i learned that it was scored by a woman! i plan on adding my name to that short list.

op, i thought of you the other day when i posted this on my tumblr. what's the new tumblr you recently made so i can follow you?
ms_mmelissa 17th-Apr-2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so excited for Belle. New tumblr is:

bprorsum 17th-Apr-2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
Make better movies or get your ass back in the kitchen.
prophecypro 18th-Apr-2014 09:57 pm (UTC)
Curious to see more suggestions of who should be include, that'll at least move the convo
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