At the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, during a press conference following Sofia Coppola’s Best Director win for The Beguiled, Chastain took the opportunity to share what she’d learn during her time as a juror. “I do believe that 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 love movies, and the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters that I saw represented.

It was quite disturbing to me, to be honest,” the two-time Oscar nominee said. “There are some exceptions, I will say. But, for the most part, I was surprised by the representation of female characters on screen in these films.”

“I do hope that when we include more female storytellers, we will have more of the women that I recognize in my day-to-day life: ones that are proactive, have their own agencies, don’t just don’t react to the men around them,” Chastain said. “They have their own point-of-view.”

Many in Hollywood—including Aidy Bryant, Lena Dunham, Ava DuVernay, Mindy Kaling and Debra Message—tweeted a video clip from Sunday’s press conference and thanked Chastain.


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