Even in our times – in the second decade of the 21st century, being a female filmmaker is almost like being a woman before the 1920s in the USA. Only selected women had the right to vote and only on a limited basis. The world cinema knows such names as Sofia Coppola, Jane Campion, Patty Jenkins, Kathryn Bigelow, Claire Denis, Dee Rees, late Nora Ephron, Nancy Meyers. Yet these are only a few names compared to the long list of accomplished male filmmakers. And you may rightly ask what is the reason? Why are women filmmakers deprived of the same chances as Steven Spielberg, Brian Singer, James Cameron or Clint Eastwood? Is it a male-privilege or just a coincidence? Or maybe it is the talent that we – the women lack? Or perhaps the trust that we fail to earn in the industry?
Some may also say that one needs to have some connection within any industry or field to help them make the first step. And we could argue that the one with those connections and opportunities does not necessarily have the talent or skills. Well, those things happen in every part of the world and there is no point to dispute that.
Even with all those difficulties and unequal conditions, women filmmakers still make successful films and touch the hearts of thousands of viewers. Among them, is Sofia Coppola, and this year TIFF presents a special program, called “A Name of Her Own” in the frames of which the viewers will be offered such titles as “Somewhere” (2010), “The Bling Ring” (2013), “Lost in Translation” (2003), “Marie Antoinette” (2006), “The Beguiled” (2017), and “The Virgin Suicides”(1999). This is an exclusive chance for Torontonians and the guests of the city to enjoy Coppola’s works starting from December 8th until December 17th.
Being the first American woman and third woman overall to be nominated for the Best Director Academy Award, and the second woman to win the Best Director Award at Cannes international film festival during the 70 years of the festival, Coppola leaves behind the legacy left by her family and creates her own name through her unique voice, vision, and ability to paint the film in her mind even before gracing the white pages of paper with her thoughts and ideas.
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