Director Sarah Gavron (Suffragette) joins Anna Smith on stage at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020 for an inspiring conversation about female film collaborations and her gritty new teen movie, Rocks. Her associate director, Anu Henriques, reveals a new initiative supporting industry newcomers, and top Dutch film critics Dana Linssen and Lauren Murphy review three new releases with Anna.
First up is Bombshell, starring Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman. How does it represent the Time’s Up cause, and would it have been different directed by a woman?
Next up is The Long Walk, an atmospheric genre film from Mattie Do, the first female filmmaker to come from Laos. Finally, the critics dodge spoilers while dissecting the cult hit Parasite from director Bong Joon Ho.
All this plus a stimulating discussion about the lack of female directors in contention at Oscars 2020… No wonder the audience had plenty of questions and comments!