Céline Sciamma, Jacqueline Lentzou, and the other women with films at the Berlinale

Posted on March 6, 2021



Five of the eighteen titles that will compete for the Golden Bear, are directed or co-directed by women. A look at ‘Petite Maman’, ‘Moon, 66 Questions’, ‘Ballad of a White Cow’.

Spoilers ahead…

I’ll begin with a shout-out to the web site womenandhollywood.com. It was founded in 2007, and it “educates, advocates, and agitates for gender diversity and inclusion in Hollywood and the global film industry.” It’s where I read the news about the female-director representation at the Berlinale. Womenandhollywood.com noted that five of the eighteen titles that will compete for the Berlinale’s highest honour, the Golden Bear, are directed or co-directed by women, amounting to about 28 percent of the slate. (Last year, 33 percent of films in the Competition slate were helmed by women.)

No one, of course, wants a film selected just because it was made by a person of a particular gender, or belonging to a particular nationality, or any other representative criteria. Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux said: “Agnes [Varda] used to say to me, ‘I’m not a woman director, I’m a woman and a filmmaker – promise me you will never simply select a film because it’s made by a woman’.”  Lina Wertmüller, too, said: “We are directors, not female directors. It doesn’t make sense to me to mark differences between men and women filmmakers.”

Read the rest of this article at the link above.

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