“This is the first time I’ve watched 20 films in 10 days and I love movies, and the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters that were represented. It was quite disturbing to me, to be honest – with some exceptions.”
I was on the beach yesterday and I was walking and a gentleman came up to me and said ‘are you here for the conference for the festival?’ and I said yeah I am. He said ‘are you an advertiser?’ and I said no I’m a performer, I’m here to talk to a group of females CEO’s because I’m a very young female CEO. And he said ‘um… you don’t look like a CEO to me, you are not what I really picture when I picture a CEO’ and so I said well I’m very happy I get to change that!
The last woman to win Best Director at Cannes was Yuliya Solntseva in 1961 for The Story of the Flaming Years.
Sofia Coppola won for The Beguiled. She was not able to attend the awards ceremony, but sent a speech which was read by director and Cannes jury member Maren Ade, in which she gave special thanks to writer/director Jane Campion for being a role model.