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Jessica Chastain speaks up for women

13 June 2017

The Square - a slick social commentary from Sweden - was the surprise victor of the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

The Square featuresClaes Bang who is a museum director whose life start to unravel after a sequel of events that troubled his, and the museum's, balance. But after he reacts foolishly to the theft of his phone, the respected father of two finds himself dragged into shameful situations.

This year Sofia Coppola became only the second woman in Cannes 70 year history to win its director prize, taking home the honor for her film "The Beguiled".

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Meanwhile, Sofia Coppola - who has previously helmed hits such as "The Virgin Suicides" and "Lost in Translation" - won the Best Director prize for "The Beguiled".

Kruger was honoured for her performance in Fatih Akin's In the Fade. In the film a woman loses her Turkish husband and son in a terrorist attack, following which the criminal justice system fails to penalise the culprit. The world's most prestigious film festival celebrated its 70th birthday this year, yet in that time only one other woman has ever been awarded best director.

Jessica Chastain found the portrayal of women in movies competing at the Cannes Film Festival "disturbing". 28/05/2017. Actress Diane Kruger, Best Actress award victor for her role in the film "Aus dem Nichts" (In the Fade), reacts.

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In his humorous speech Smith said, "In my mind, [her speech] would have been something like, 'Merci beaucoup madame and monsieurs!'"

The Cannes Film Festival handed out several awards to female filmmakers this year, but Jessica Chastain was more concerned with the overall lack of women involved in the storytelling process in the films that were shown.

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Jessica Chastain speaks up for women