Sophia Coppola Makes History At Cannes
Article by Aaron Haughton
Sophia Coppola made history at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival this past Sunday as the second woman to ever be awarded best director. The last female recipient was Yuliva Solntseva back in 1961. In fact, during the entirety of the festivals 70 illustrious years, the Palme d’ors (the festival's most prestigious award) has only ever been awarded to one woman (Jane Campion in 1993 for her film The Piano).
This is pretty shocking news to hear. I mean, don't you find it the least bit odd? There've been countless films made by women over the years that straddle the edifice of excellence; Marry Haron's American Psycho, Ava Du Vernay's Selma, Jennifer Kent's Babadook, Katherine Bigelow's Point Break & Hurt Locker, Ana Lily Amirpour's The Girl Who Walks Home At Night, and even more recently Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann, Julia Ducournau's Raw, and Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman, just to name a few.
Are all these films worthy of an award? Maybe not. But it makes you wonder if these films would be held in even higher acclaim had they been directed by men, doesn't it? You have to admit that it's a little fucked up that there's so few films directed by women as opposed to men -- It actually took a fair bit of time to come up with this list, and, unfortunately, I had to lean on the internet more than I'd like to admit.
Now, I'm not trying to make a grand statement on femininity here, or make a case that women directors should be treated differently or should be allowed to direct the same amount of films as men. No, I'm simply saying that they aren't often given a chance, and, when (and if) they do, they get passed over or all too often get left unrecognized. Possibly because there were better films made that year, or possibly (or even simply) because they're a woman; I'll leave that to you to ponder.
In a very long-winded way, congratulations to Sophia Coppola for finally getting Cannes' to acknowledge women, again. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing her latest, The Beguiled, later this month (June 23rd, if you wanna be a dick about it). You can check out Sophia discussing The Beguiled below:
What do you think? Do woman have equal footing in the filmmaking industry? Is all this fuss just a crock of dookie? Share your thoughts and feeling in the comments section below, and, as always, remember to viddy well!