One thing I failed miserably at in Cannes was seeing movies, especially movies by women directors. I was so overwhelmed by everything else I was juggling, and just trying to figure out what was what and where at Cannes, that movie watching was low on my list of priorities, sadly.
I was planning to do what I could (however small my little internet soapbox is) to highlight the women-directed films that were there, but that didn’t happen— partly because I just didn’t have time and partly because they take a little more effort to find. Yes, even I am guilty of being lazy and just accepting what is fed to me (even when I’m the one advocating for people like fest programmers, producers and critics to slow down and make a bigger effort to find the great work being made by women). Just in my defense for a minute though, let me explain that I didn’t start watching films until the end of the second week, when I squeezed in one screening Fri afternoon (Gimme the Loot, which is a great all-American indie with a solid female protagonist) and attended the premiere of Mud on Sat evening. The four other films I saw were on Sunday, when they re-played the competition films, which as we already know, did not include any films directed by women.
So, to make up for this, I’d like to share the female-directed films I wanted to check out while I was there. Maybe somebody will see this and realize there are more women directors out there than they thought (with all due respect to Ms. Snider). Thank you to Marian at Wellywood Woman for pulling this list together. (See also her great rundown about Cannes films here.)
Women-directed films in the Un Certain Regard section (the emerging talent section):