Jane Campion can “feel a change in the weather” since the dawn of the #MeToo movement. During a press conference at Venice Film Festival promoting her first feature in over a decade, “The Power of the Dog,” the Oscar and Palme d’Or winner reflected on the film industry’s evolution. She observed that “the girls are doing very well,” citing this year’s winner of the Oscar for Best Director, Chloe Zhao, and the Palme d’Or, Julia Ducournau. “But I still know the statistics are not in favor” of women, she emphasized.
In other words, things are looking brighter, but statistically speaking, there’s a long way to go towards achieving gender equality.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Bright Star” filmmaker compared the #MeToo movement to “the Berlin Wall coming down or the end of Apartheid for us women.”
Set in 1925 Montana, “The Power of the Dog” sees a widow and her son moving to a ranch owned by two wealthy brothers. Following its world premiere at Venice the Western will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.
Campion won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for “The Piano” and received a Best Director nod for the Holly Hunter-starrer.