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Cate Blanchett-Led Cannes Jury Adds Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, and More

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Cannes’ Competition lineup remains sorely lacking in women-directed films, but the Jury ruling over the fest’s most high-profile program is decidedly more inclusive. As previously announced, Cate Blanchett will serve as President. The fest just revealed that the two-time Oscar winner’s jury will include nine members, five of whom are women (counting Blanchett): “Personal Shopper” star Kristen Stewart, “A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay, “Blue Is the Warmest Color” actress Léa Seydoux, and Burundian singer-songwriter and composer Khadja Nin.

Of 18 films announced in the main Competition this year, just three are women-directed: Alice Rohrwacher’s “Lazzaro Felice,” a drama about a man who travels through time, Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” a politically-charged fable about a child who launches a lawsuit, and Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun,” a drama following a Kurdish female battalion.

Last year’s nine-person Jury included
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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Fri Mar 23

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A Wrinkle in Time [IMDb]

Ava DuVernay directs and Jennifer Lee cowrites the tale of a girl (Storm Reid) who travels into space to find her missing father, with the help of three mysterious aliens (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling).

Pacific Rim: Uprising [my review]

Emily Carmichael and Kira Snyder cowrite this science fiction action movie about soldiers in giant robots who fight monsters. Features a gender balanced cast including Cailee Spaeny, Tian Jing, Adria Arjona, Ivanna Sakhno, and Rinko Kikuchi. (male director)

Unsane [my review]

Claire Foy stars as a woman caught up in a bureaucratic snafu at a mental hospital. (male writers and director)

Proud Mary [IMDb]

Taraji P. Henson stars at a hitwoman for the Boston mob. (male writers and director)

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Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist [IMDb]

Lorna Tucker directs this documentary portrait of fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood.

Gholam [IMDb]

Mitra Tabrizian writes and directs this drama
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Weekly Update for March 23: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

“Unsane”Films About Women Opening This Week

Unsane

Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) relocates from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape the man who’s been stalking her for the last two years. While consulting with a therapist, Valentini unwittingly signs in for a voluntary 24-hour commitment to the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Her stay at the facility soon gets extended when doctors and nurses begin to question her sanity. Sawyer now believes that one of the staffers is her stalker — and she’ll do whatever it takes to stay alive and fight her way out. (Press materials)

Find screening info and tickets here.

Beauty and the Dogs — Written and Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania (Opens in NY and La)

“Beauty and the Dogs”

When Mariam (Mariam Al Ferjani), a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she
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I Got Life! review – French heart-warmer explores a mother's lot

A thread of optimism runs through this comedy starring Agnès Jaoui, in which the travails of Aurore resolve somewhat predictably

A life-affirmer and heart-warmer from French director Blandine Lenoir with weird moments of very misjudged broad comedy. The French title refers simply to its heroine, Aurore, but its English title is taken from the Nina Simone single. It’s a nice moment when Aurore, played by Agnès Jaoui, dances to that song on her own, with her infant daughters (now grown up) joining her in a kind of dream.

There are successful touches in this film, and Jaoui always has presence, but the base note of syrupy sentimentality is never far away, and it is unfunny and unconvincing when Aurore’s best friend, enraged by the sight of smug older guys with young girlfriends in the street, storms up to them and pretends to be a spurned lover, apparently for a laugh.
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I Got Life! (Aurore) Review

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Everyone fears the process of aging. It unleashes realisations of mortality, nostalgia, regret, and the dreaded loss of youth. The French are no strangers to these ideas, but director Blandine Lenoir tackles these topics with a comedic and feministic twist. Instead of viewing the existential problems of middle-class, intellectual men – the convention in many European movies, as well as in lauded literature – Lenoir gives us those of a working-class woman for a change.

I Got Life! follows middle-class waitress Aurore (Agnès Jaoui) as she endures a difficult mid-life crisis, with many problems surfacing and re-surfacing in this stressful period. As well as hot flushes, she loses her job, her eldest daughter Marina (Sarah Suco) announces her pregnancy, and she bumps into an old lover (Thibault de Montalembert). Aurore must try and keep her head together, but proves difficult as she keeps getting into funny and irritating situations.

Like many French films,
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‘Women aren’t finished at 40’: how I Got Life! is challenging stereotypes about ageing

Director Blandine Lenoir and star Agnès Jaoui discuss the ‘everyday heroine’ of their new film, who defies convention to show the realities of age discrimination, menopause – and happiness – post-50

If men went through the menopause, there would be countless important movies by male directors on the subject of “the change”. Picture Woody Allen casting Colin Firth as an author struggling with night sweats and hormonal mood swings, a gorgeous 21-year-old waitress mopping his clammy brow. In reality, cinema is almost entirely menopause-free.

When the French director Blandine Lenoir started shooting her life-affirming comedy-drama I Got Life!, a female producer asked if it was possible edit out the M-word. “It’s funny, because my producer is a young woman, a feminist. But she wanted me to tread carefully, to be discreet.” Lenoir pulls a face as if to say: this is the crap I have to deal with. “Menopause is a big taboo in France,
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March 2018 Film Preview

“A Wrinkle in Time”: Disney

It’s Women’s History Month! We can’t think of a better time to celebrate women in film, whether behind the camera or on-screen.

On International Women’s Day (March 8), Netflix debuts “Ladies First,” an inspirational documentary about archer Deepika Kumari, who won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth games. March 9 is the hugely anticipated release of “A Wrinkle in Time,” directed by the visionary Ava DuVernay, who made headlines — and history — when she became the first black female director to helm a live-action feature with a budget over $100 million. “Wrinkle” follows young Meg Murry (Storm Reid) on a fantastical quest through space and time to find her missing father.

Other high-profile releases include March 2’s “Red Sparrow” and March 16’s “Tomb Raider.” The former stars Jennifer Lawrence as a ballerina-turned-spy who decides to exact revenge on those who forced her into a life of espionage.
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March 2018 Film Preview

“A Wrinkle in Time”: Disney

It’s Women’s History Month! We can’t think of a better time to celebrate women in film, whether behind the camera or on-screen.

On International Women’s Day (March 8), Netflix debuts “Ladies First,” an inspirational documentary about archer Deepika Kumari, who won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth games. March 9 is the hugely anticipated release of “A Wrinkle in Time,” directed by the visionary Ava DuVernay, who made headlines — and history — when she became the first black female director to helm a live-action feature with a budget over $100 million. “Wrinkle” follows young Meg Murry (Storm Reid) on a fantastical quest through space and time to find her missing father.

Other high-profile releases include March 2’s “Red Sparrow” and March 16’s “Tomb Raider.” The former stars Jennifer Lawrence as a ballerina-turned-spy who decides to exact revenge on those who forced her into a life of espionage.
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Sundance 2018 Women Directors: Meet Marina Zenovich — “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind”

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind”: Mark Sennet/ Life Picture Collection

Marina Zenovich is an Emmy-winning filmmaker whose credits include “Independent’s Day,” “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” and “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic.”

“Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 19.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Mz: It’s a funny and heartbreaking documentary about comedian and actor Robin Williams.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Mz: I’m a fan of his and thought he had a compelling story to tell. I also wanted to know more about him.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Mz: I want people to really appreciate Robin for all that he was — I think they do that already, but I’ve heard that
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Jessica Chastain: ‘It’s about dividing women and I’m not going to be a part of that’

The Hollywood star recalls how, amid revelations of widespread sexual harassment and assault in the industry, she became a spokesperson for women in film

Earlier this year, at the Cannes film festival, it seemed as if there might be a new consciousness emerging – on the surface, at least. Sofia Coppola won best director for The Beguiled and the star of that film, Nicole Kidman, used a press conference to call out the lack of female directors working in film and television, pledging to work with a female director at least once every 18 months. The main prize jury included Toni Erdmann director Maren Ade, the actor Fan Bingbing, the actor/director Agnès Jaoui, and Jessica Chastain, who ultimately became a flashpoint for a discussion around gender and film, months before reports about sexual harassment in Hollywood and Harvey Weinstein exploded into the public arena.

At the end-of-festival press conference, in answer
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International Newswire: ‘Fack ju Göhte 3’ Opens With $18 million in Germany

International Newswire: ‘Fack ju Göhte 3’ Opens With $18 million in Germany
In today’s International Newswire, German comedy “Fack ju Göhte 3” sets fire to the local box-office; French movies dominate the box-office at home with a mix of genres; Germany’s Tiberius acquires Sharon Stone comedy “A Little Something for Your Birthday”; and Finland’s “Little Wing” wins Nordic Council Film Prize, one of Scandinavia’s biggest awards.

Constantin Film’s high-school comedy “Fack ju Göhte 3” opened Oct. 26 in Germany to a stellar box-office revenue of more than €15.4 million ($18 million) – by far the best start of the year.

The third installment in the hugely successful franchise from writer-director Bora Dagtekin follows a cynical ex-con-turned-teacher (played by Elyas M’Barek) as he tries to make sure his rowdy students pass final exams while facing the possible closure of his school due to its catastrophic conditions.

While the film had the biggest October start of all time in Germany and the third best start ever for a German
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Nadav Lapid, Said Ben Said gear up for 'Synonyms' shoot in Paris

Exclusive: Producer talks Lapid’s latest; further projects with Mendonça Filho, Verhoeven, Jaoui and Sachs.

Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid [pictured] is gearing up for the shoot of his long-gestating Paris-set feature Synonyms in Paris this autumn with emerging compatriot actor Tom Mercier in the lead role.

“It will film this November and December,” said lead producer Saïd Ben Saïd of Paris-based Sbs Productions.

Ben Saïd is at Jerusalem Film Festival as a member of the Israeli Feature Competition jury and with Philippe Garrel’s Lover For A Day, which is playing in the International Competition.

He took over as lead producer of the project from Anne-Dominique Toussaint of Les Films des Tournelles in late 2016.

“We’re friends, it was an amicable deal. Anne-Dominique was tied up in other projects so I took over the production,” explained Ben Saïd, who will also handle international sales and French distribution.

The project, which originally had the working title Micro Robert after the
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Cannes 2017: Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola, & More Take Home Awards

Nicole Kidman in Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled”: Focus Features

Cannes 2017 has come to a close and, happily, honored several female directors, writers, and performers. While the 70th edition of the fest has been consistently marked with sexism onscreen and off, it’s heartening to see women like Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola, Lynne Ramsay, and Agnès Varda be celebrated for their work. They were among the honorees selected by the festival jury, which included Jessica Chastain, Maren Ade, Fan Bingbing, and Agnès Jaoui.

Kidman took home a specially created 70th Anniversary prize. The Oscar winner had four projects at Cannes this year: Coppola’s Civil War-era gothic “The Beguiled,” Jane Campion’s series “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” the alien comedy-romance “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” and the mystery “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” This definitely seems to be the actress’ year and her victory at Cannes could mean good things to come at the Emmys and Oscars.

Coppola was named Best Director for her work on “The Beguiled,” the first woman to win the award in 50 years. The feminist reimagining of 1971 Clint Eastwood drama sees Coppola reuniting with her “Marie Antoinette” and “Virgin Suicides” star Kirsten Dunst as well as Elle Fanning, who toplined Coppola’s “Somewhere.” “Toni Erdmann” helmer Maren Ade accepted the award on Coppola’s behalf and read her thank-you speech. Coppola paid tribute to her family and Campion, the first and only woman to ever win the Palme d’Or, for being such a great role model for other female directors.

Ramsay is the first solo woman to win the screenwriting prize. The writer-director won for her “You Were Never Really Here” screenplay. The film centers on a veteran and former FBI agent turned hired vigilante (Joaquin Phoenix) trying to save a young woman (Ekaterina Samsonov) from a sex trafficking ring. Ramsay tied with “The Killing of a Sacred Deer’s” Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou for the honor.

Varda and graffiti artist and photographer Jr were honored with the Golden Eye (L’Oeil d’Or) prize for their documentary “Faces, Places” (“Visages, Villages”), per The Hollywood Reporter. The doc follows Varda and Jr as they make their way through rural France, photographing and interviewing the people they encounter. As they awarded the duo, the jury said they were “deeply moved” by the film, describing it as “delicate and generous.” The directors received €5,000 ($5,590 Usd) as part of the prize.

Among the other female Cannes honorees are Diane Kruger, who was named Best Actress for her “In the Fade” performance, and Chloe Zhao, who took home the Directors’ Fortnight Art Cinema Award for “The Rider,” a portrait of a Lakota cowboy.

The full list of Cannes 2017’s female award winners is below. Adapted from ScreenDaily and two THR reports.

Best Director

Sofia Coppola (“The Beguiled”)

Best Actress

Diane Kruger (“In the Fade”)

Best Screenplay (Tie)

Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”)

Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou (“The Killing Of Sacred Deer”)

Camera D’Or

Jeune Femme” (Léonor Sérraille)

70th Anniversary Prize

Nicole Kidman

L’Oeil D’Or

“Faces, Places” (Agnès Varda and Jr)

Art Cinema Award (Directors’ Fortnight)

The Rider” (Chloe Zhao)

Sacd Award (Tie)

“Let the Sunshine In” (Claire Denis)

“Lover for a Day” (Philippe Garrel)

Cannes 2017: Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola, & More Take Home Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Cannes 2017 Winners Include ‘The Square,’ Sofia Coppola, Joaquin Phoenix, and More

Headed by Pedro Almodóvar, the 2017 Cannes Film Festival jury — also featuring Maren Ade, Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Agnès Jaoui, Park Chan-wook, Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino, and Gabriel Yared — handed out their winners for the films in competition. Leading the pack is Ruben Östlund‘s Force Majeure follow-up The Square, which picked up the Palme d’Or, while Sofia Coppola earned Best Director — the first woman to do so since 1961, when Yuliya Solntseva won for Chronicle of Flaming Years, and only the second in Cannes history. Joaquin Phoenix and Diane Kruger picked up the top acting awards, while Nicole Kidman was given a special prize for the four projects she brought to Cannes.

Ahead of our picks for our favorite films (update: see them here), check out the complete list of winners below, along with other sections, as well as the jury’s discussion of their picks, as well as separate
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Cannes 2017 Jury Press Conference: Will Smith Loved ‘Jupiter’s Moon’ and ‘Bpm’ Made Pedro Almodóvar Tear Up

Cannes 2017 Jury Press Conference: Will Smith Loved ‘Jupiter’s Moon’ and ‘Bpm’ Made Pedro Almodóvar Tear Up
Now that the awards have been handed out and Cannes has officially come to a close, the Competition jury has made it official with a press conference. Led by Pedro Almodóvar, the rest of the jurors — Maren Ade, Fan Bingbing, Park Chan-wook, Jessica Chastain, Agnès Jaoui, Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino and Gabriel Yared — assembled in front of journalists the world over to discuss their choices and their process.

Read More: 2017 Cannes Winners: ‘The Square’ Wins the Palme D’or, Sofia Coppola and Joaquin Phoenix Also Honored

“Did supreme harmony reign?” they were asked at the beginning. “Was it a love fest, or was blood splattered on the walls and carpets?” Smith responded first, joking in a way that should surprise few: “It was pretty smooth and easy. I was trying to get Pedro to stop offering me sexual favors for my vote, but it was easy.”

“There was no blood,
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Cannes 2017: 'The Square' wins Palme d'Or; full list of winners

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Cannes 2017: 'The Square' wins Palme d'Or; full list of winners
There were also wins for Sofia Coppola, Joaquin Phoenix and Diane Kruger.

The Competition prizes for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival have been handed out tonight (28 May) in the Lumiere Theatre, with Ruben Östlund’s The Square winning the coveted Palme d’Or.

Pedro Almodóvar presided over this year’s jury that also included Will Smith, Maren Ade, Park Chan-wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Agnès Jaoui and Gabriel Yared.

Full list of winners below:

Palme D’Or

The Square (Ruben Östlund)

Grand Prix

120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo)

Best Director

Sofia Coppola (The Beguiled)

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)

Best Actress

Diane Kruger (In the Fade)

Jury Prize

Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

Best Screenplay

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here

Camera D’Or

Jeune Femme (Léonor Sérraille)

Best Short Film

A Gentle Night (Qui Yang)

Short Film Special Mention

Katto (Teppo Airaksinen)

70th Anniversary
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Cannes 2017: Competition - full list of winners as they happen

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Cannes 2017: Competition - full list of winners as they happen
19 films are competing for the Palme d’Or.

The Competition prizes for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be handed out this evening (28 May) in the Lumiere Theatre, including the coveted Palme d’Or.

Pedro Almodóvar presided over this year’s jury that also included Will Smith, Maren Ade, Park Chan-wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Agnès Jaoui and Gabriel Yared.

The ceremony begins at around 6:15pm GMT. Watch the red carpet coverage below or Here on mobile.

Full list of winners, as they happen, below:

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)

Best Actress

Diane Kruger (In the Fade)

Jury Prize

Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

Best Screenplay

The Killing Of Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here

Camera D’Or

Jeune Femme (Léonor Sérraille)

Best Short Film

A Gentle Night (Qui Yang)

Short Film Special Mention

Katto (Teppo Airaksinen)

Palme D’Orgrand Prixbest DIRECTORCannes 70 Competition filmsIn the Fade (Fatih Akin
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Cannes Awards: Controversial Swedish Satire ‘The Square’ Wins Palme d’Or

Cannes Awards: Controversial Swedish Satire ‘The Square’ Wins Palme d’Or
Cannes — The 70th anniversary Cannes Film Festival has wrapped, culminating with an unconventional awards ceremony in which Pedro Almodóvar and his jury bestowed a couple unexpected bonus prizes, including a tie for screenplay and a special award to Nicole Kidman, who appeared in four projects in this year’s official selection, including competition titles “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “The Beguiled,” season two of “Top of the Lake” and special screening “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.”

Meanwhile, the fabled Palme d’Or went to Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s cutting art-world (and real-world) satire “The Square,” which dares to bring aspects of conceptual and performance art into the sphere of cinema. The choice came as something of a surprise, if only because the masterful, 142-minute film has divided audiences so far, and jury prizes rely on consensus.

Östlund’s follow-up to Un Certain Regard winner “Force Majeure,
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Watch the 2017 Cannes Awards: Live Stream Who Won the Palme d’Or

Watch the 2017 Cannes Awards: Live Stream Who Won the Palme d’Or
After more than a week of star-studded red carpets and world premieres, the 2017 Cannes Film Festival comes to an end this afternoon with the awards ceremony. This year’s competition featured 19 films, including new efforts from Todd Haynes, Yorgos Lanthimos, Sofia Coppola, Michael Haneke and Lynne Ramsay, and awards will be given out in categories such as Best Screenplay, Best Director and the prestigious Palme d’Or.

Read More: Cannes 2017 Palme d’Or Contenders: Here’s a Look at the Likely Winners (Updated)

Pedro Almodóvar is the President of this year’s Competition Jury, and he’s joined by Maren Ade, Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Agnès Jaoui, Park Chan-wook, Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino and Gabriel Yared. The Palme d’Or is usually tough to predict, but it’s even more so this year given the eclectic jury members and lack of any clear frontrunner.

According to IndieWire’s updated predictions,
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80 top film-makers sound alarm over EU copyright rules

80 top film-makers sound alarm over EU copyright rules
Petition calls for unified EU vision on copyright and culture.

Cannes Palme d’Or contenders Fatih Akin, Michael Haneke, Michel Hazanavicius have joined 80 top European film-makers in a petition calling for a unified European Union vision on copyright and culture in the digital age.

“We believe that European filmmaking reflects Europe’s positive values. That it can inspire ambition and renewal in Europe’s cultural policies. Europe isn’t just jobs, territories, markets and consumers, European culture also supports multiple identities, democracy and freedom of expression,” the petition said.

Published to coincide with the European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday, it highlighted four key areas where the European Union needed to renew and reinforce its legislation to protect European culture.

Top of the filmmakers’ demands was the maintaining of the territoriality of copyright.

The European Parliament voted last week in favour of a European Commission proposal to de-territorialise digital rights, but the directors
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