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The Cannes Film Festival has announced the 18 nominees for the fest’s top award, the Palme d’Or — and among them are four films by female directors.
That’s a record: the largest field of female competitors in the 64-history of the prestigious festival.
It’s also a welcome change — an uproar surrounded last year’s festival, which contained zero nominated women.
The women who made the cut are: (clockwise from top left): Julia Leigh, Naomi Kawase, Lynne Ramsay, and Maiwenn Le Besco .
Leigh is a first-time director — “Sleeping Beauty,” starring “Sucker Punch” star Emily Browning, is her debut. Leigh, who’s Australian, comes from a writing background, not a film one: she is the author of the novels “The Hunter” and “Disquiet.”
Meanwhile, Kawase is a seasoned veteran of the festival. The Japanese auteur, who’s been awarded for her work in both feature films and documentaries, was the youngest winner of the Camera d’Or — a prize for the best new filmmaker — in 1997, when she was just 29. Kawase went on to capture the Grand Prix — Cannes’ second-most prestigious prize — in 2007, and now she’s seeking the top honour with “Hanezu No Tsuki.”
Le Besco is a French actress, screenwriter and director who will make her debut at the festival with her fourth written-and-directed film, “Polisse.”
And Ramsay, a Scottish director, has three Cannes prizes to her name — and she’s returning to the festival with her first full-length film in nearly a decade, “We Need To Talk About Kevin,” an adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel.
It's an adaptation of the 2003 Lionel Shriver novel about a mother coping with the aftermath of her son's high school killing spree.
The women of a remote village band together and withhold sexual favours from their husbands and boyfriends, who refuse to journey to a distant well for water.
He worked as a casting director for years for films including 'The Counterfeiters' before making 'Michael.'
Sorrentino (at right) directs a drama about a washed-up musician looks for the Nazi war criminal who executed his father.
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