Cannes: Download THR's Day 3 Daily
The fest's third daily issue includes a look at how female directors are taking a stand, an exclusive on Todd Haynes' new documentary and a conversation with South Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
The Hollywood Reporter has released its third Cannes Film Festival daily issue, which includes a look the gender gap existing between male and female filmmakers in the thriller genre, Todd Haynes' upcoming music-themed documentary and a chat with Bong Joon-ho about his first fully Korean film in 10 years.
"We Want Our Lives Represented Onscreen"
Nowhere is the gender gap between male and female filmmakers as glaring as in the thriller genre. Of the more than 160 thrillers on offer at the Cannes Film Market this year, just nine — less than 6 percent — are directed by women. The figure reflects the industry at large. When it comes to action, it seems, female helmers need not apply. THR looks into how female directors are standing up to make the movies they want to make despite being "viewed as a 'higher-risk' prospect."
First Secret Project to Hit the Croisette
In the first secret project to hit the Croisette, buyers will get to see footage from an untitled Todd Haynes documentary about seminal rock group The Velvet Underground. Footage from the music-themed film, which marks Haynes' first doc, will be screened Thursday afternoon at the Cinema Olympia in Cannes and is expected to ignite a frenzy among doc-hungry distributors looking for the next Amy. Cinetic and Submarine — which recently sold such big-ticket Sundance docs as Knock Down the House and American Factory, respectively — are teaming to sell the untitled Velvet Underground doc.
10 Years Later
Two years after creating a stir on the Croisette with his sci-fi adventure Okja — controversially backed by Netflix — South Korean genre master Bong Joon-ho is back in competition at Cannes with the family tragicomedy Parasite. It’s his first fully Korean film in 10 years, following Okja and his English-language breakthrough Snowpiercer in 2012. This time, Bong zeros in on two traditional Korean families — one poor, the other rich — probing the problem of income inequality via his signature blend of genre thrills and off-kilter surprises. The director chats with THR about his new film, the need for the Netflix and film worlds to "co-exist" and his fortuitous encounter with Tilda Swinton on the Croisette.