Chastain "disturbed" by portrayal of women at Cannes

"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".

The event ended on May 28. She noted that if there were more female filmmakers, "more authentic female characters" would follow.


The truth in her statement is why the video has quickly gone viral, with everyone from teenage girls to acclaimed female directors, like Ava DuVernay, sharing the clip from the press conference on social media. Ramsay was the only other woman to win a top non-acting award, earning Best Screenplay for her film, You Were Never Really Here; she shared the prize with Greek filmmakers Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou for their movie, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Chastain gave her remarks during a press conference following the festival's final ceremony.

The actress - who has previously spoken out about the gender pay gap and female discrimination in Hollywood on numerous occasions - was part of the jury at this year's French film festival. She believes that "we are missing a lot of stories they can tell, not just about female characters, but their views on men".


The biggest films are nearly invariably blockbusters featuring mostly male superheroes directed by men - although just this week, ironically, the top movie opener is Wonder Woman, which stars a woman, Gal Gadot, and is directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. The movie is being coproduced by Pie Films, which is now scoring a hit with the popular Israeli comedy "The Women's Balcony".

"Seventy years of Cannes, 76 Palmes d'Or, only one of which has gone to a woman ..." Sofia Coppola just won Best Director at the festival for her upcoming film The Beguiled, making her only the second woman ever to do so at Cannes. This year's festival contained only three films directed by women, which adds to Chastain's point of the lack of equality at Cannes.


And Jessica revealed her hopes that female directors can change this and show real women in their movies, if they are given a chance.


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