It’s no secret we live in a digital age. One of the benefits is that if one group feels they have been done an injustice, you better believe the entire world (okay, internet) will hear about it immediately. While I am not fortunate enough to attend the Cannes Film Festival, I have been keeping an eye on the blogosphere rumblings. There were many complaints over the lack of female directors in festival competition for the Palme d’Or for Best Picture (the number went from 4 in 2011 to ZERO this year). Fun fact: Only one woman has won this top prize. Jane Campion was a tied winner with THE PIANO in 1993. This is of course a familiar observation. Yet another platform to showcase exemplary filmmaking looks a lot like an old fashioned boys club. It’s the Oscar’s Best Director debate all over again. History always repeats itself, I guess.
I’m always torn in taking a side in this long-standing debate, especially a female filmmaker. I truly see the whole picture as a “nature vs. nurture” scenario when it comes to balancing the playing field for female filmmakers.