Jessica Chastain Finds 'Disturbing' How Women Were Portrayed in Cannes Movies

Its slate of films in 2017, tended to reckon with the gloomy state of the world at large.

Speaking at a press conference in Cannes yesterday, Jessica Chastain spoke about the "disturbing" way women are now being represented in film.

The issue of representing women equally has plagued Cannes just as it has plagued Hollywood, with the festival reaching to include women directors but ultimately not achieving anything close to gender parity. "It was quite disturbing to me, to be honest", the two-time Oscar nominee, 40, said at a press conference foll.

"This is the first time I've watched 20 films in 10 days, and I love movies".

While there were exceptions. "For the most part, I was surprised with the representation of female characters on screen in these films".

"I hope we have more women that I see in my own day-to- day life".

In her remarks, Chastain noted the need for more women telling the stories of women saying "I do believe that if you have female storytelling you also have more authentic female characters".

On Sunday, Coppola picked up the best director prize at the French film festival, becoming only the second female director to do so in the event's 70-year history. But that might only add to Chastain's point.

Coppola was honored for directing her film "The Beguiled", a thriller starring Nicole Kidman as a woman who runs a Southern girls' boarding school during the Civil War. Perhaps Cannes and other festivals (and just maybe the industry at large) will take Chastain's criticism to heart and begin to work toward bringing more female storytellers into the fold-especially if they want to remain relevant in another seven decades.

  • Salvatore Jensen