Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cannes 2015 Women in Motion Talks #3

We are lucky, here is the third Women in Motion Talks #3 full video.

You have to be patient as English is not theit first language of any of the three women but some things are truly interesting as shows a different perspective as perhaps what happens in France and other countries is not similar to what happens in the American industry. I was thinking that with all the THR and Kering resources this talk would have been a lot better if each of the women where talking in their own language. Then do subtitles for English audiences. What a wasted opportunity that I hope doesn't repeat again. Sigh.

The "Women in Motion" talks, presented by The Hollywood Reporter and luxury group Kering, resumed Sunday with a conversation with French film writer-director Claire Denis, Chinese director Liu Shu and Chinese producer Ying Liang that addressed the challenges faced by female filmmakers in international cinema.

As we know Claire Denis is in Cannes because she is the Patron of 8th La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde so it was a great opportunity to have her talking about French cinema. THR’s chief film critic Todd McCarthy led the conversation, which touched on how growing up in Africa shaped Denis as a director and how channeling her inner Virginia Woolf helped her persevere in a male-dominated industry.

“I was not afraid that it was a man’s world,” said Denis, one of the leading helmers in France since the late 1980s, when she burst onto the scene with Chocolat about a young French woman who returns to West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. “You don’t grow up naive in Africa.”

In an effort to mentor the next generation of international female filmmakers, she is playing the role of “godmother” to the pair of up-and-coming Chinese filmmakers on the panel, who are in Cannes as laureates of the Fabric du Cinema du Monde with their film Lotus Position. The two talked about a cultural climate of sexism in China that has led to male-centric storytelling.

“I don’t watch TV,” said Liu, noting that it is full of stereotypes such as men with a wife and many mistresses.

The series of talks, which runs throughout the 68th Cannes Film Festival, will resume Monday with a conversation with producers Christine Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen, here with the competition film Carol, moderated by THR’s deputy editorial director Alison Brower.

In today, Tuesday May 19, talk none other than Isabelle Huppert. Can't wait for video.

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