I’m Rooting For One Of These 3 Female Directors At Cannes To Win The Golden Palm

Posted: May 11, 2016

The 69th annual Cannes film festival 2016 begins today. We’re rooting for these female directors at Cannes, with their interesting films ready to shine.

The Cannes festival is a flashy event that has gained immense popularity over the years. It gained momentum in the Indian entertainment sphere too, especially after popular Indian actors like Aishwarya Rai, Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto to name a few became prominent faces at the French Riviera.

This year three women directors have had their movies nominated at the Cannes film festival. They would be competing for the Palme d’Or award, also known as the golden palm award. It’s the highest prize awarded at the Cannes film festival to the director of the best feature film. This award was introduced in 1955 by the organising commitee.




The three female directors who are competing for the Palme d’Or award are Andrea Arnold for ‘American Honey’, Nicole Garcia for ‘From the land of the moon’ and Maren Ade for ‘Toni Erdman’.

Movies with women-centric plots

Andrea Arnold’s ‘American Honey’ is a movie about the experiences of a teenage girl, who joins a traveling magazine sales crew. She traverses the midwest with a band of misfits.

Toni Erdman is a German film written, directed and co-produced by Maren Ade. This film revolves around an old man who begins to play pranks on his adult daughter after he finds her too serious.

‘From the land of the moon’ is a French film written and directed by Nicole Garcia. The film is adapted from a novel. At the end of world war II, a woman marries a man for convenience, after he was kind to her family during the war. Being constantly unhealthy, she goes to a spa, to improve her health conditions, where she falls in love with a veteran.

A serious shortage of women at Cannes

Astonishingly, only one woman director, Jane Campion has received the prestigious Palme d’Or award over the years. This raises an important question. Are women not great storytellers ?

Hopefully, this time a female director would be chosen for this award and break the barrier in an arena, that is heavily male dominated. This would certainly make women around the world proud, especially women in the industry who are working for equality of gender in cinema too.

The Cannes festival begins today and ends on May 22. So, gear up and cheer our female directors at the star studded event that begins today.

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Diana has worked as an Editor/Writer and Content Manager for various digital platforms and

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  1. A great post Diana and let’s hope to see a woman director winning this time:)

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