Chastain disturbed with women’s representation in films at Cannes

Actress Jessica Chastain has voiced her concern about the way women were represented in the movies selected for competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

Chastain, who was on the jury at the prestigious festival, said she was disturbed by the female characters she saw on screen at the gala, reports

“This is the first time I’ve watched 20 films in 10 days and I love movies, and the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters that were represented. It was quite disturbing to me, to be honest — with some exceptions,” Chastain said.

Chastain suggested that more women filmmakers and storytellers be included for consideration in competition in the future.

“I do hope that when we include more female storytellers we will have more of the women I recognise in my day to day life, those who are proactive, have their own agency, don’t just react to the men around them, they have their own point of view,” Chastain said on the closing day of the Cannes film gala.

The event ended on May 28.


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