With the Cannes Film Festival coming to a close this weekend, all eyes are on the Jury, and the 2018 President Cate Blanchett…The big question...With 3 female directors in Competition this year, will any of them take home the coveted Palme d’Or?
During this years festival, 82 women joined hands on the prestigious red carpet - on the steps of the Palais, in solidarity. The March was organized by Time’s Up. Each of the participants represented one of the female directors who have been in Competition in Cannes 71 year history, compared to 1,688 men.
This week, we’ll share the latest film (Faces Places) from French New Wave filmmaker Agnes Varda, who joined the march in Cannes – and then another film by a female director, who DID win a prize last year, The Beguiled, by Sofia Coppola. And we’ll round off our focus on women with a wonderful new doc – Bombshell: The Hedy Lemarr story. She was considered by some to be the most beautiful women to ever grace the silver screen…but did you know we have her to thank for WiFi?
This week, we share another great film from Participant, and CNN Films with Sundance standout RBG, which explores the personal journey of Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. More personal adventures, a bit more extreme, with Mountain…and we close with a nod to the Cannes Film Festival, which currently underway – as we highlight a personal portrait of filmmaker and artist with David Lynch: The Art Life. Of course David won the Palme d’Or in Cannes 1990 with Wild at Heart.
This weekend, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, so why not spotlight a few films that connect us to Mexican culture. We bookend the show with two films where themes of food and romance run wild, in Like Water for Chocolate and Tortilla Soup…with former Sundance standout, Quinceañera sandwiched in between.