Jessica Chastain Noticed Something ‘Disturbing’ At Cannes


Over the past ten days, Jesicca Chastain has been binge-watching new films at the Cannes Film Festival, along with the rest of world’s glitterati. At a press conference following Sophia Coppela’s Best Director win for Beguiled, she said she began to notice something unsettling. Chastain told reporters, “The one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters I saw represented. And it was quite disturbing to me to be honest.”

But as she pointed out, two-dimensional portrayals of women have an easy anecdote, “I do believe that if you have female storytelling you also have more authentic female characters.” Female directors remain a Hollywood rarity; in the history of the Oscars only four women have been nominated for Best Director. Kathryn Bigelow remains the only women to have won, for her 2010 film The Hurt Locker.

Still, Chastain remains hopeful. “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, one’s that are proactive, have their own agency, don’t just react to the men around them, they have their own point of view.”


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