(Melanie Laurent on the set of Respire)
In case you’ve been wondering why it’s so difficult to get movies about women made you don’t have to look any further than 2014′s 67th Cannes Film Festival. Under the jury president, Jane Campion, the best films so far in main competition here have revolved around female characters – complex, imperfect, beautifully drawn these leading roles offer up a counter to the majority of films that get paid attention to here in the US, on the festival and awards circuit leading up to the Oscars. We have already done our research and have established that the following conditions apply where film criticism is concerned now.
The majority of film critics are male, by an astonishing margin. This includes old school critics, for the most part, as many of the female voices have been fired, like Lisa Schwarzbaum from Entertainment Weekly who used to be one of the strongest voices in film criticism.
That has produced a broad kind of groupthink that reflects, mostly, that singular demographic. Of course, it doesn’t follow that only men like films about men and only women like films about women but it does speak to the idea that films about men might be more relatable to men than films about women.
Being here in Cannes, I’ve been paying close attention to how these films with such strong female leads have been faring with the male majority. You can mostly forget about films directed by women, at least for now. Unless those films are also about men they will get ignored here even worse than films directed by men about women.
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This is actually a good read.