The only victorious revolution of the twentieth century was the revolution of women, Fernando Rey assured me when leaving a Parisian cabaret. Those days I was shooting with Buñuel The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie, and the director, who was said to be misogynist, was seen as funny and happy with the actress Bulle Ogier, for whom he invented novelties in each plane enriching his brief character, apparently the opposite of what he did with Catherine Deneuve in the two movies they did together, although Buñuel also sensed that it was women's time. The twentieth century has not yet ended completely and the women's struggle continues today, which is reflected in films and documentaries.
Last week, without going any further, two films directed by women premiered, this one and next week it will be the turn of A gender issue, the hagiography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, judge of the Supreme Court of the United States since 1993, activist for the rights of women; is a feature film by Mimi Leder, until now a brilliant director of television series. The premiere of this week, Capernaum, Jury Prize at the same festival and candidate for the next Oscars, may be too pretentious in its aestheticism but recounts with hardness the lives of many poor children in Lebanon. This third film of its director, Nadine Labaki, was and is discussed – "it is emotional pornography", it has been said of her – but it has emotional moments thanks especially to the presence of the protagonist, a street boy of twelve years. Of the premieres of last week, highlights the Moroccan movie Sofia, Meryem Benm'Barek's first feature, best script in the section A certain look at the last Cannes festival, which denounces the laws that punish in his country all who fornicate out of wedlock with prison sentences. And finally, the British Mary, Queen of Scotland, the struggle between two women of the sixteenth century to run the throne, first film of the theater director Josie Rouke, who surreptitiously launches a feminist message to our present, and that brings to mind that María Estuardo, of John Ford with Katharine Hepburn, who suffered the obstacles of censorship in 1936.
A Moroccan film, another Lebanese, one British and another American … four directors with calls for attention.