Jessica Chastain has always been pretty vocal when it comes to the “depressing” state of women in film, along with her own career struggles when she was an up-and-coming actress.The Interstellar star was selected as one of the jurors for the Cannes Film Festival, a role that requires you to watch a buttload of films in a short amount of time.
After watching 20 films in 10 days,”Disturbing” is the word used by Chastain to describe how women are represented in cinema.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 29, 2017
“I can’t really speak so much to female directors. I do believe if you have female storytelling you also have more authentic female characters. This is the first time I’ve watched 20 films in 10 days…and I really love movies…and the one thing I took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters I saw represented. And it was quite disturbing to me to be honest. And there are some exceptions I will say but for the most part I was surprised with the representation of female characters on screen. I do hope when we include more female storytellers of the women I recognize in my day-to-day life. Ones that are proactive. Have their own agencies. Ummm don’t just react to men around them. They have their own point of view.”