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Kerry Washington and America Ferrara praise Jessica Chastain over Cannes comments

Kerry Washington and America Ferrara have heaped praise on Jessica Chastain for comments she made about the depiction of women in movies competing at this year’s (17) Cannes Film Festival.
The Zero Dark Thirty actress served as a member of the jury at the 70th annual French film festival, and at the closing press conference, Jessica confessed she wasn’t impressed with how women had been portrayed in the films she watched.
Urging movie bosses to recruit more female storytellers to create more authentic characters for actresses, she said, “This is the first time I’ve watched 20 films in 10 days, and I love movies and the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters I saw represented and it was quite disturbing to me, to be honest.”
Her statements were not well received by the attendees, but she has received praise from fellow celebrities, who have saluted her for her honest comments.
“AMEN! Well said @jes_chastain,” Washington wrote on Twitter.
“It takes courage to speak truth to power,” Ferrara added. “Thank you @jes_chastain for speaking truth and representing the voices of millions!”
Kerry and America are not the only celebrities to offer up their support to Jessica – Selma director Ava DuVernay, Girls star Lena Dunham, The Fast and the Furious’ Michelle Rodriguez, Debra Messing, and Jaime King have also posted messages to Chastain on social media.
The 70th Cannes Film Festival concluded on Sunday (28May17), when Sofia Coppola was named the Best Director for The Beguiled. She was only the second woman to win the prize. Russian Yuliya Solntseva first won the award in 1961 for her film The Story of the Flaming Years.

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