chloë sevigny’s directorial debut 'kitty' to premiere at cannes

The actress takes her first turn behind the camera with ‘Kitty,’ an adaptation of Paul Bowles’ short story in which a girl transforms into a kitten.

by Emily Manning
18 April 2016, 6:25pm

"I've been working in film for about 20 years and I think I've only worked with three female directors," Chloë Sevigny told i-D last November, following the premiere of #Horror, the first feature-length film directed by her longtime friend and creative collaborator Tara Subkoff. "There is a tide turning, but there are still all these old stereotypes that we have to fight and prove wrong," Sevigny continued, advising women to, "Be positive, create, keep trying, keep working, keep doing." It seems Sevigny is pretty good at taking her own advice, as it's just been announced that her own directorial debut will premiere during Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival.

Image via @chloessevigny

Sevigny's Kitty — a film adapted from a 1980 Paul Bowles short story in which a young girl sees her wish of transforming into a kitten come true — is one of three shorts that will screen during the closing night of Critics Week, which runs between May 12 and May 20. Sevigny is the only American director to show during the 55th iteration of the Cannes sidebar, where only one of seven features in the Competition category is directed by a woman. Frustratingly, that makes Critics Week just as gender-imbalanced as the main festival, in which — as we learned last week when the Cannes lineup was announced — only 15% of films in Competition are directed by women.

We congratulate Sevigny on her achievement, and thank her for continuing to fight to make film more equal for everyone. 


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Still via i-D's Guide to Being a New Yorker with Chloë Sevigny

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