Female Filmmakers Lead French Industry Revolution

Reverberations from the 2018 Women’s March in Cannes echoed all the way to the Bell Lightbox this year as the Toronto Intl.

Film Festival played host to a social-minded pack of filmmakers transforming the French industry.Alongside projects from women’s march leaders Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”), Rebecca Zlotowski (“Savages”) and the late Agnès Varda (“Varda by Agnès”), the festival screened works from rising talents Justine Triet (“Sibyl”), Mati Diop (“Atlantics”) and Alice Winocour (“Proxima”) — and the fact that they all hit Toronto at the same time is not some happy accident.“There’s definitely a new generation of women filmmakers in France, and they are creating a new wave,” says Iris Brey, a Franco-American author and academic.

“Even if they’re all very different, and offer different cinematic experiences, they represent an emerging group that has decided to tell their stories from a feminine point of view.

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