Rosanna MAULE, Guylaine DIONNE
The ‘Women’s March,’ a special event at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival gathering 82 female film figures, including Cate BLANCHETT, the jury president Agnès VARDA, Christine STEWART, among others, made a big headline. The number 82 stands for the number of female filmmakers who have walked down the red carpet of the festival ever since the very first Cannes Film Festival in 1946; meanwhile, 1645 male filmmakers have invited in competition at Cannes Film Festival so far. In addition, 71 male filmmakers were awarded the Palme d’or while only two female filmmakers were awarded the same: Agnès VARDA (received the honorary Palme d’or in 2015) who partook in the special event this year, and Jane CAMPION (shared her Palme d’or with CHEN Kaige in 1993), the jury president in 2014.
Canada’s Quebec-based directors Rosanna MAULE and Guylaine DIONNE listen to the reality of the very slanted status of the industry and various strategies to fight against the unequal status quo while they review the issues and glorious moments within the history of women’s films with the help of female filmmakers from many countries including Rakhshan BANI-ETEMAD, Margarethe VON TROTTA, Mira NAIR, Silvia CHANG, Ulrike OTTINGER, Isabel COIXET, Catherine BREILLAT, and male allies, such as Paulo BRANCO, a long-time producer for Chantal AKERMAN. [SHIN Eunshil]
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Rosanna MAULERosanna MAULE
Rosanna MAULE is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal. She authored several books and articles on women’s cinema and director or co-director of conferences on gender and film.
Guylaine DIONNEGuylaine DIONNE
Guylaine DIONNE is a film director of more than 20 years, both in fiction as well as in documentary as well as short films, which have been shown at international film festivals.