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Cannes 2017

When you’re betting on Cannes it’s always best to bet against the women. That logic held up this year as the Cannes 2017 lineup was announced and the Competion titles i.e. the films that compete in the main program that are the most watched and are eligible or the main awards, and only 3 of the 18 films were directed by women. Since the 70s that’s been pretty much par for the course for Cannes when the number of films directed by women have hovered between 0 and 4 in any given year. Still it’s a huge disappointment given the amount of acclaimed women directors who have movies being released in 2017.

The three women who had films that made it into the main competition, Sofia Coppola, Naomi Kawase and Lynne Ramsay, are worthy additions to any festival line up and were expected to show up at Cannes having all had films that have competed for the Palme d’Or before as well as all having served as jury members in the past.

But Agnès Varda who is a French legend who last showed up at Cannes in 2015 to accept an Honorary Palme d’Or for her body of work, showed up Out of Competition, an especially bizarre choice given her long history with the festival and the fact that, at 88, this might be the last film she makes.

It’s also disappointing not to see Cannes adding any new female talent in their main competitive slot while making room for them in their less prestigious categories. Cannes is a festival that likes to keep it in the family, so to speak, by inviting back the same directors again and again. And when they keep passing over female talent that means that the problem Cannes has with women directors is one that’s going to keep continuing for decades.

Here are the female directors and their films, announced for Cannes so far:

Competition

The Beguiled - Sofia Coppola
Radiance - Naomi Kawase
You Were Never Really Here - Lynne Ramsay

Out of Competition

Visages, Villages - Agnès Varda & JR

Un Certain Regard

Jeune Femme - Léonor Serraille
Western - Valeska Grisebach
After the War - Annarita Zambrano
Beauty and the Dogs - Kaouther Ben Hania
The Desert Bride - Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

They - Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
Sea Sorrow - Vanessa Redgrave

70th anniversary events

Top of the Lake: China Girl - Jane Campion & Ariel Kleiman
Come Swim - Kristen Stewart

Short Films
Grandpa Walrus - Lucrèce Andreae
Across My Land - Fiona Godivier
Push It - Julia Thelin

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Gala France Magazine Cannes 2017 issue:

Interview with Kristen Stewart on 20th May 2017 at Intercontinental Carlton Cannes. 

Radiant, the american movie star, who came last year with Woody Allen’s Cafe Society is back. As a new woman.

“I feel home in Cannes”

This year, Kristen Stewart came to Cannes for her debut as a director with her short move called Come Swim.

Gala: Is it different to come to Cannes as a director?

KS: It’s interesting not working for anyone. When I am only acting in a movie, I feel like this expression to sort of like represent a movie the way the filmmaker wanted it to be represented not just my own personal experience with it but I am always like, wanting to do a good job for someone because I know that feeling, that protective feeling. Coming now in Cannes for this project, I feel like I have no responsibility. I feel really relaxed and also truly flabbergasted that it’s showing here.

Gala: Why was it important for you to show this project in Cannes?

KS: Thierry Fremaux, who’s the director of the festival was nice enough to let me come hang out for a  minute and I think it’s kind of like, again, not to, you know, he’s just being nice. “We love you here. You can come show your movie.” I found it very nice from him becuase it’s true I feel home in Cannes.

Gala: So how is your French?

KS: Ca va bien, merci. I’ve been working so I haven’t been able to focus on it, but there’s this great app called Duolingo, I’ve just worked with Vincent Cassel as well so I’ve been with him on set all the time who was like: “So, let’s hear it!”, I am like: Why not? But I know the words but I can’t put the word together. He made fun of me but I think I just need to do, to be either here for a while and it will all filter back in.

Gala: A new hairdo, new look…is it a statement?

KS: I did it for a movie, called Underwater. I play an underwater engineer who is in and out swimsuit so for practicability reasons, it was actually coincided with the movie. Today, I feel more comfortable with short hair so I think I am gonna stay a while like this because I feel more free.

Gala: It seems to be that you are trying to break from your image a bit fragile and pale at the time of Twilight for example. Is it the case?

KS: I wanted to garn against it be a hard look and kind of action hero. Since this new look, I feel quite delicate, I feel more feminine almost which I didn’t think it was going to happen, I was even considering wardrobe choices, we were thinking everything had to be kind of softer, the hair…and immediately kind of opened me up. So I didn’t do it the way I thought I was gonna do it. I think I am going to stay like this for a while ebcasue for my next projects I can get full wigs anyway so I kind of have any look I want!

Kristen Stewart on her directing debut: ‘The best female film-makers are compulsive freaks’

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Stewart concedes she’s in a fortunate situation, aware that Come Swim probably wouldn’t be at Cannes if its director wasn’t an A-list actor. “People who are much more talented and inspired couldn’t ever have the opportunity to make a short film for the amount of money I was given to make this,” she admits. “I had eight days to shoot it. It was the most comfy process.”

If opportunities are limited for first-time directors, the situation is markedly bleaker if they’re women. Come Swim was produced as part of the Shatterbox Anthology project, run by US lifestyle website Refinery29, which aims to redress the disparity between male and female directors. But it’s an uphill struggle: only 7% of the top 250 films in 2016 were directed by women, a figure that’s lower than it was in 1998.

For Stewart, the only way to correct such an imbalance is with pure intensity. “The coolest female directors I’ve ever worked with are such compulsive freaks,” she says. “You ask Kelly Reichardt [director of Meek’s Cutoff and Certain Women] what it’s like to be a female director and she’s just like, ‘I don’t have an answer because I couldn’t do anything else with my life.’

“The female artists who do the best work, they’re just so focused that nothing is going to get in their way. Kelly, fucking Patti Smith, they’re just workers. It’s hard to talk about, because you need to talk about it to change it, but at the same time it’s like, ‘Just do it.’” She pauses, reconsidering this call to arms. “That’s the most ridiculous thing to say. Of course, people would just do it if they could. I’m in the craziest, most lucky position.”

Whether Stewart will continue making her own films is unclear. She still has plenty of acting commitments, including a drama about the hoax writer JT LeRoy, created by Laura Albert. What’s more, she doesn’t just want to stumble into any old directing gig. “People keep asking, ‘So what’s next for you? Do you want to develop projects?’ I feel they have to just come to you. I don’t want to do an impression of a film-maker. I don’t want to do it for the sake of it.”

If Stewart does return behind the camera, it’s likely to be on her own terms. “I don’t like the idea of making movies with any regard for an audience. Because I’ve worked with people who have been like, ‘I want the audience to think this at that moment.’ Well, who are you making this for then? Because if you start making this for everyone, you’ll end up with something generic. It needs to be its own animal. You can package and deliver an idea after the fact, but if it’s what informs you in the first place… pffft, don’t make movies!”

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Kristen Stewart Screens Short ‘Come Swim’ at Cannes 2017.

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Kristen Stewart’s debut short Come Swim screens at Cannes 2017 - and it’s no ordinary first film

From The Telegraph UK by Robbie Collin

“Cynics may scoff that anyone with Stewart’s budget and calibre of crew could have made a good film. But even just a second’s reflection throws up countless examples where they didn’t. (Again, hello Gosling and Penn.) The truth is, she has something – and when there’s something more, Cannes will no doubt make room.”

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