Chastain troubled by women's representation in films at Cannes

Chastain troubled by women's representation in films at Cannes

Chastain troubled by women's representation in films at Cannes

Jessica Chastain got an up-close look at female representation in recent films during her time as a juror at the Cannes Film Festival - and she had plenty to say about it.

"It was quite disturbing to me to be honest", Chastain said.

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Chastain, who appeared in the Cannes released film Happy Ends, said the portrayal of complex female characters in movies could use some improvement.

Cannes has long faced accusations of gender inequality, and has made public the intent to include more women directors and films depicting female realities.

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The comments came after the jury named Sofia Coppola the festival's best director award for "The Beguiled", making her the second woman awarded with the honor, and the first since 1961. Chastain said film organizers continued to drop the ball by not including movies that provided more depth to female characters-something she suggested could have been achieved with more female storytelling. "We are missing a lot of stories they can tell, not just about female characters but their view on men", she said. "They have their own point-of-view", she says. Everyone is saying it's so different now-but it isn't.

The Palme d'Or, the festival's most coveted award, has been awarded to a woman only once in 70 years - director Jane Campion, who was again present this year.

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There was a record number of lead roles for women a year ago, according to a study by the San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, but many in the industry still see a long march to equality.

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