Magazine article Screen International

Zbanic Slams "Unjust" Treatment of Women in Cinema

Magazine article Screen International

Zbanic Slams "Unjust" Treatment of Women in Cinema

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Award-winning director Jasmila Zbanic has echoed Jane Campion's call to mandate that 50% of all films should be made by women.

Zbanic, the Bosnian director of Berlinale winner Grbavica and For Those Who Can Tell No Tales, has received the inaugural Femme du Cinema award at the Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 14-21).

The honorary award recognises a female director, producer or actress deemed to be "particularly emblematic of European cinema".

Accepting the honour, Zbanic thanked Les Arcs for creating an award that "raises awareness of the unjust treatment of women in cinema".

In her speech, the director slammed the "fascistic" portrayal of women on screen and repeated a call by Jane Campion, the New Zealand director of The Piano and Top of the Lake, to impose quotas on production.

"When I go to the cinema, I don't care if the film is made by a man or woman as long as it tells me stories and offers me pictures that put light on my existence, characters I can identify with, jokes I can laugh at," said Zbanic.

"Unfortunately, not many films do so and some films offend me, showing old fashioned and sometimes fascistic images of women that I cannot identify with and especially not laugh at.

"Money involved in filmmaking is distributed mostly to men. …

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