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Women In Motion: Jodie Foster at Cannes 2016

By Julie Fink
Posted On May 13, 2016
Women In Motion: Jodie Foster at Cannes 2016

Girl power in Hollywood is taking flight with inspiring talks, powerful leadership, and ingenious creativity, to name a few. Women In Motion is one of those initiatives that is making an impact on the evolving global film environment. Especially with veteran actress and skilled director, Jodie Foster leading the conversion at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, Women in Motion is sure to create a ripple.

The series of talks was originally launched by Kering at Cannes last year in 2015. Its purpose is to highlight women’s contributions to cinema and to recognize those women.

This morning, actress Jodie Foster kicked off the talks on the changing landscape of women in Hollywood. Foster, 53, spoke about her personal journey and the many changes she has seen in the industry including the role of women in directing and producing.

Jodie Foster talks Women in Motion
CANNES, FRANCE – May 12: Jodie Foster inspires conversation leading ‘Women In Motion’ initiative at the International Cannes Film Festival 2016 (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering).

If there is anyone who can speak to the changes within the film industry from a poised female perspective, it’s Jodie Foster, who began her career as an actress at the age of 3. It was not until she saw several actors producing and directing movies that she realized directing was what she wanted to do.

In the talk, Foster reminisced about her early days when the only women on set where the ones who played ”moms” in a supporting role. She also emphasizes that women have had better chances at directing and producing for TV rather than the big screen because it includes a smaller budget and lower risks for the industry.

“If you have less risk, you are willing to take more chances,” Foster said.

Foster is best known for her roles in Taxi Driver, Freaky Friday, and her Oscar-winning performance in Silence of the Lambs. She made her debut as director in 1991 with the film Little Man Tate. Her recent directional accomplishments include episodes for Netflix’s original Orange is the New Black. Today is the release of her most recent work and highly anticipated blockbuster drama Money Monster, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Foster ends on a proactive note stating that the industry is shifting and there are still changes to be made. The award-winning actress says that she loves to make movies about women and enthusiastically stated that 50% of the population likes women’s stories to be told.

“I see myself in all of my characters,” Foster said.

Other women in the film industry expected to speak at Women In Motion include Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Chloe Sevigny, Salma Hayek, Keri Putnam, Celine Rattray, and Rena Ronson. It’s a talk everyone will be talking about! Learn more at womeninmotion.com.

Watch the inspiring Women in Motion clip from Cannes 2016 interview with Jodie Foster here:

Cover Photo Credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering