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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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:: autumnal :: by Chrysti Hydeck

I still want marathons of coffee drinking and talking about philosophy and poetry and love; still want to sometimes stay up all night wandering by the lake, or drinking by the train tracks, or making split zines. Do they not want those things anymore, or do they just think they shouldn’t? Is this what growing up means? It’s bullshit. I understand life changes, but I still think it’s necessary to make room in our lives for friendship and adventure, magic and art.
—  Jessie Lynn McMains  (rustbeltjessie)
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Directors declare #ImWithHer

Debbie Allen | Elizabeth Banks Lena Dunham | Gillian Robespierre | Barbra Streisand | Madonna Gurinder Chadha | Elizabeth Wood

Not pictured:
Lake Bell | Zoe Cassavetes Ava DuVernay | Catherine Hardwicke | Natalie Portman Gina Prince-Bythewood | Dee Rees | Lorene Scafaria | Amy Seimetz| Lynn Shelton | Elisabeth Subrin

When she had been discharged from the Army, the one thing they had stressed time and again was to try and find things to occupy her time and keep her mind settled. Try as they might to get Lynn to adjust back to the civilian lifestyle smoothly, it had been anything but. Two months later, Lynn was living out of her car, working under the table jobs for cash, and closing herself off in every way imaginable. However, the one thing she had taken to heart with all their counseling was finding ways to keep her mind calm. At least, relatively so, for Lynn. Camped out on the grass near Lake Eola, Lynn had a bag of bread next to her that she was ripping up and tossing pieces of at the swans. She liked the birds, animals in general really, and it was one way to occupy herself and not just sit around all day paranoid. Flicking another piece of bread, the swans rushed towards it, closing in on a passerby with rapid speed. “Ay! Might want to watch out, mate. The swans aren’t fucking around,” Lynn called out towards the person, figuring they deserved some warning.