Women in Hollywood

Juliette Binoche confronted Spielberg and Scorsese over lack of female leads

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Juliette Binoche and Freida Pinto attend the "We Do It Together Press" Conference and Cocktail Reception during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the La Playa Royale on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Actress Juliette Binoche has confronted both Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese over the lack of female leads in their films, she told audiences at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.  Binoche was speaking at the festival on behalf of a new non-profit production company called We Do It Together that is trying to improve opportunities for women in Hollywood.

The French actress told the Cannes audience that Spielberg had defended himself when pressed, saying that he had, in fact, included female leads in his films, and citing the 1985 film The Color Purple. All of his films since then have featured male leads, according to The Guardian. Binoche said that Scorcese “has a very feminine side of himself” but that he does not explore it in his work. Binoche also urged French director Olivier Assayas to make more films with women in the lead role, which led to her involvement in his 2014 film, Clouds of Sils Maria.

“What I’ve been seeing is that I’ve been refusing roles, instinctively, out of the need to talk about the feminine,” she said on Sunday. “The feminine has to have its place. It needs space, and we don’t have the space, so we have to take it.”

We Do It Together announced at the festival that it would produce seven short films directed by women of different nationalities, including Robin Wright, Katia Lund, and Patricia Riggen, with Binoche starring in one of the shorts. Binoche sits on the advisory board with Catherine Hardwick, Freida Pinto, Queen Latifah, and Jessica Chastain.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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