Four years later the Weinstein case, the take-off of the #MeToo movement and the start of the great examination of conscience of the 7th art, the very gradual opening of the most prestigious awards to female directors is confirmed, with the Golden Lion awarded on Saturday to a French director at the Venice Film Festival.
In July, the Cannes Film Festival had already distinguished a young French director, Julia Ducournau, Palme d’Or with the UFO Titanium, a feminist film in its own way, which blows up the boundaries between genres.
On Saturday, the Venice Film Festival sent a new feminist signal by unanimously awarding its Lion d’Or to a French director, Audrey Diwan, for a raw and intimate film on abortion, The event.
Adapted from the eponymous autobiographical story by novelist Annie Ernaux, The event takes place in France in the 1960s, before the legalization of abortion. It shows the difficult journey of a young student who becomes pregnant, played by the Franco-Romanian Anamaria Vartolomei, a discovery.
In the rest of the winners of the 78th Mostra, several films are also marked by feminism and questions of gender relations.
This is the case of The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion, a western which deals in particular with the toxic virilism of a brutal cowboy, and which earned the New Zealander the prize for best achievement, 28 years after her Palme d’Or for The Piano Lesson.
On the performers side, the jury awarded the prize for best actress to Penelope Cruz, for her role in Madres Paralelas by Pedro Almodovar, who continues with his favorite actress to celebrate the strength of women and mothers in the face of cowardly or absent men.
American Kristen Stewart finally left empty-handed. She had however convinced many festival-goers in Lady Di in Spencer by Pablo Larrain, a dive into the intimacy of this woman refusing to give up her freedom in the corseted world of Windsor.