Cannes 2017, Day Eight: Beguiling Women (and Some Zombies)

by Ana Maria Bahiana May 24, 2017
Nicole Kidman, director Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning
Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell in Cannes 2017
Diane Kruger
Ricardo Darin
Cast of the film Zombillénium
Ariel Kleiman, Jane Campion, Alice Engler, Elisabeth Moss, Gwendoline Christie and David Dencik
Elle Fanning takes a selfie at the 'The Beguiled' screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival
Jessica Chastain and Pedro Almodovar in Cannes 2017
A guest attends 'The Beguiled' premiere during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival
Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, director Sofia Coppola, Angousie Rice and Addison Riecke
Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning

Some decades down the line, how will the 70th Cannes Film Festival be remembered? From an in-the-moment point of view, this jubilee iteration of the venerable event is being shaped by the forces of new media - streaming platforms, virtual reality, TV-as-cinema - and women. Lots of women - behind the camera, in front of the camera, telling women's stories and universal themes from a female perspective. In the space of the last two days, as the festival winds down to its home stretch, we've seen the peak of these forces at play, with the impact of Alejandro Iñarritu's VR experience Carne y Arena, the screenings of Jane Campion's Top of the Lake 2: China Girl and David Lynch's Twin Peaks: The Return and, today, Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled. A massive, storied event like the Cannes Film Festival is, by nature, a slow moving beast. But how beautiful it looks when in motion.