Filmmaker Sofia Coppola has become the first women since 1961 to win Cannes Film Festival’s Directing Prize.
You would have thought Coppola’s award — for her female-centric remake of 1971 civil war drama The Beguiled which starred Clint Eastwood — would generate widespread applause on social media given the fact she is an outspoken feminist and all the attention paid to the perceived under-representation of women directors at Cannes in recent years.
Not so. Even though Coppola’s movie stars a host of feminist actresses including Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning, she is being slammed for supposedly having made a movie about rich white women.
The plot of the movie-a wounded Union soldier who takes refuge an all-female Southern boarding school during the Civil War- doesn’t immediately evoke an aura of white privilege. But Coppola is being torched on Twitter for promoting excessive whiteness in her movies: