Special Report By Moira Sullivan
This is Moira Sullivan from Movie Magazine International, reporting from Paris on the 22nd Créteil International Women's Film Festival which ended April 2.
This year's focus was women film directors from the Mediterranean. The guest of honor was Iréne Papas, the powerful Greek actress with 5000 years of dramatic tradition behind her, including a host of contemporary films such as Michael Cacoyannis' 'Zorba the Greek' and 'Electra'.
Also present was the impeccable Italian screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'amico, who worked on films with director Luchino Visconti including the classic 'Sandra' made in 1965 starring Claudia Cardinale.
A surprise guest this year was the famous Indian actress Shabana Azmi, star of over 140 films, who recently appeared in Deepha Mehta's film of female desire 'Fire'. Fiercely protested against by Indian fundamentalists, 'Fire' is followed by Mehta's 'Water', now in production, about the practice of burning Indian widows alive during the 1930's. Azmi who had to shave her hair for the film, says she'll have to do it again, because of recent protests which have held up production.
This year's Créteil festival also featured a 'preview' premiere of 'Boys' Don't Cry by Kimberly Peirce, just being released in France this week, with a visit direct from the Oscar's by the director.
I met with Jackie Buet, director and organizer of the Créteil festival who shares her views on this year's pageant.
Both the 'prix du public'--and the best young adult film this year went to Jamie Babbit of the US for 'But I'm a Cheerleader'--a kitchy comedy about rehabilitation camps for homosexuals. Notable is the loud colors of the mis-en-scene and gendered dress code. I spoke with Babbit about winning this award.
This is Moira Sullivan for Movie Magazine International , Paris, France. March 2000
© 2000 - Moira Sullivan - Air Date: 4/2000
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