FC @ Cannes 2019 – Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a super-strong award contender

Posted on May 22, 2019

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Two female members of the Competition jury have weighed in strongly about the gender debate at Cannes, which argues for the inclusion of more women directors in the various categories. Kelly Reichardt said, “I look forward that a time will come when we do not have to say ‘woman directors’, or ‘as a woman’…” Alice Rohrwacher said that people should look at the start of the process instead of complaining about the end point (i.e. the festivals). “It’s a bit like asking someone who survived a shipwreck why they’re still alive. Well, ask the person that built the boat. Ask schools, look behind the scenes. We need to talk about the beginning of the chain, the procedure.” At least one “woman director” this year has made the case for pure merit, gender be damned. Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire is one of the most astonishing films at the festival.

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