Dakota Johnson has a take on equal gender representation in Hollywood that may conflict with other actresses’ experiences.
The “Suspiria’ star talked about the hot-button issue as a member of James Gray’s jury at the Marrakech Film Festival in Morroco.
“I was under the impression that there are almost as many women involved in cinema behind the camera, in front of the camera, behind film festivals and in film festivals,” she said. “This jury happens to have more women and perhaps there might be an avenue for this to occur more often in the future, and I think that’s awesome.”
Johnson’s fellow judges had different takes on the situation. Director Tala Hadid said the current issue has less to do with representation and more to do with “power-sharing… It’s another long battle for women.”
“There are lots of different films and roles and we’re starting to see films do great business at the box office with women in lead roles,” noted Indian actress Ileana D’Cruz.
“Our countries – and Brazil is a good example – are going through deep trouble. We come from countries that are very complicated socially and politically, and that’s why our cinema has turned out to be so interesting in the last few years; because we had a lot to say, to discuss,” said Mexican director Michel Franco. “There is a huge need for young people to express themselves.”
The 17th Marrakech Film Festival kicked off on Friday. Johnson’s “Suspiria” polarized audiences and critics, grossing only $4 million internationally against a $20 million budget.