The Cannes Film Festival closed down with an award ceremony and press conference, and during the presser the jury took the stage to talk about their festival experience. Jessica Chastain specifically talked about how the representation of women on screen “disturbed” her:
She spoke truth, but also begged two questions: Which films was she referring to exactly? And was Cannes 2017 really so terrible for women?
“This is the first time I’ve watched 20 films in 10 days, and I love movies,” she said Sunday evening, at the press conference following the awarding of the Palme and other prizes.
“And the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters that I saw represented,” she said. “And it was quite disturbing to me, to be honest — and there are some exceptions, I will say.
“But for the most part I was surprised with the representation of female characters on screen in these films. And I do hope that when we include more female storytellers we will have more of the women that I recognize in my day-to-day life. Ones that are proactive, have their own agencies, don’t just react to the men around them. They have their own point of view.”
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 29, 2017