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Women Directors at Cannes & Maïwenn's Polisse

The other day, I saw Maïwenn's Polisse at last and marvelled at her skill in writing and directing an absorbing multi-protagonist narrative, as well as acting in it. Polisse won the Prix de Jury at Cannes in 2011, a fine achievement from within the French industry, where women directors are as challenged as they are elsewhere in the world. And now it's time to start thinking about women at Cannes (15-26 May) again. This year, Jane Campion will head the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury (the first woman to do so?) Steven Spielberg is the Jury's president. How many women have entered their short films and features? Who's advocating for their inclusion?

In the meantime, to continue my series on women directors at Cannes from last year (listed below with a couple of other posts from earlier years) here's a clip about Maïwenn's experience of Cannes and her big win. Made me smile!


Cannes 2010
You CANNES Not Be Serious!

Cannes 2011
Yes We CANNES Do It!

Cannes 2012
Director Destri Martino pre-Cannes
Destri Martino after Cannes, podcast
Director Zia Mandviwalla at Cannes
Cannes and the high stakes involved

Polisse trailer



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