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Jane Campion discusses the recent success of female filmmakers

The 78th annual Venice International Film Festival is in full swing with the hotly-anticipated event welcoming back some of the biggest names in Hollywood and, with it, a selection of major blockbusters with the likes of Dune, Last Night in Soho, The Last Duel and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog. 

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog has been seized for release by Netflix, with the film following a charismatic rancher (Cumberbatch) who inspires fear in those around him. 

Speaking at the Venice Film Festival, Jane Campion has shared her opinion on the future of women in the film industry in light of the #MeToo movement. “All I can say is that, since the #MeToo movement happened, I feel a change in the weather,” the Guardian reported, “It’s like the Berlin Wall coming down or the end of apartheid for us women”. 

“The girls are doing very well…But I still know the statistics are not in favour [of women]” Campion added, making reference to Chloé Zhao’s Oscar victory for Nomadland as well as Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or win at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival for Titane.

The programme for the 78th Venice Film Festival was announced in Rome by festival president Roberto Cicutto and artistic director Alberto Barbera. “We were surprised by the average quality [of film submissions] this year,” Barbera said during the announcement. “As if the [COVID-19] pandemic had inspired creativity. So in this way, I can be optimistic about the state of cinema”. 

Along with The Power of the Dog, film fans at Venice will be eager to finally see Denis Villeneuve’s Dune after multiple delays to the film’s release. Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya join an impressive ensemble cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem, Charlotte Rampling and Jason Momoa.

Though a sequel has not yet been green-lit for production, director Denis Villeneuve hopes that the first film detailing the first half of the book will make enough money that it sparks a sequel. 

Check out the trailer for Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog below:

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