Making war films with a feminine appearance, like the ambition of filmmaker Eva Husson, with Les filles du soleil, on the fate of Kurdish fighters l A work that was considered "naive" by some people, while others praised their courage and humanity.
25 minute battle scene, it's boring! "Taksir the director at Cannes, where the film was just received in the spring." What I want is with those characters, "he insisted.
In theaters on Wednesday, The Girls of the Sun evoked a subject that was almost never treated on screen, at least in fiction: the fate of Yezidi women (never identified as in the film) captured by jihadists, turned into sex slaves and became for some people , armed fighters.
A fact-based story, which inspired the filmmaker to claim a feminist approach, faced the film industry "dominated by the appearance of white men". "I think it's very important that the world represent itself like that … with strong women who are not just victims or prostitutes," said Eva Husson, who spoke at length with war reporters and veterans.
By attacking war films, after the first feature film about young people organizing sexual orgies (Bang gang), he was only interested in female characters and focused on their careers rather than fighting. The film follows sergeant Bahar, played by an Iranian-born actress, Golshifteh Farahani (very involved in his role), during several days of attacks on Islamic groups somewhere in Kurdistan in November 2015. Reflections on labor, fights, women's places, all highlighted by music very present (also?), this film captures the hero very closely.
Through flashbacks and confessions with a reporter, Mathilde (Emmanuelle Bercot), viewers found that before wearing a trellis, Bahar was a lawyer, married and mother. His life was changed by the sudden arrival of "black men" who killed his husband, kidnapped his son and made him a sex slave. A reality treated with shame, the director refrains from showing certain atrocities not to reduce the character to the status of "victim".
He prefers to build an ode for these fighters, recording their perseverance, as this woman, on the verge of giving birth, escaped from an Islamist group. Defending women's views, where attention is given to the representation of a woman's body, violence against women, sex and nudity, Eva Husson believes that such scenes will be "much more kept by male filmmakers.
"He claims to be very feminist. I have no difference. This is more than a single appearance," said Emmanuelle Bercot, also the director (top head). "He wants to show off women in his own way, not by making them beautiful, but at close range. He's like a painter with us". "We bet you say this is a female film," said Thierry Frémaux, Cannes general manager, announcing film selection in the competition. As expected, he deeply divided the Croisette.
"On the one hand, it illuminates the spotlight on terrible and important (…) stories, on the other hand, it does so that it hurts the message," wrote the Hollywood Reporter, when the highly influential site Indie Wire estimates no less than the Golden Palm in Eva Husson. "All the films I like are pieces. A film that has a strong perspective, it is almost necessary that it is cleavage," the director answered.