When actress Robin Wright arrives on the set of Kering’s Women in Motion, the shadow of Claire Underwood, the wife of the US president in House of Cards, floats in too. One has become hardly dissociable from the other, and so it was this role of the powerful woman she invented with David Fincher that drove her for the first time behind a camera. Soberly dressed in a black suit, she has come to Cannes as director to promote The Dark of Night, her first short film that addresses, under the guise of a thriller, the inequality between genders: "They raised $ 50,000 in Crowdfunding and we shot it with the team of House of Cards, which is a bit like my family, and who volunteered to work for free for a weekend!” A taste of freedom for Robin Wright who took her first steps as director in the structure formatted by Fincher. As she relates it, her relationship with Kevin Spacey is like sister and big brother. So when she saw him make his first episode her immediate reaction was: "Why not me? What you’re doing, I'd like to do too! " But she adds: "It was only when they said OK that I was suddenly petrified. Fortunately the team supported me and I continued.” In three seasons Robin Wright appears nine times in the credits as a director. When Fincher convinced her to take on the role of Claire Underwood, he sold her this role not as a woman in the shadow of a man, but as a stronger, much richer female character with the same amount of acting and space as the president. "Claire is the best of both. Francis devours, attacks when she’s calm and watches while being just as ferocious," she says. On the issue of the lack of women directors in the film industry - 7% of films are directed by women in the United States - Robin Wright is confident. As the one who’s just finished shooting Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, a female superhero movie, she thinks the time has come and we should keep talking about it, and multiply the discussions on women's place in cinema: “We must encourage the younger generation to express themselves. Feminism means equality, period. Equal pay for equal work. Now things have to move on the side of the decision-makers and film financiers who are mostly men. It's time for it to change and for the new generation to join forces and speak out about it. "
Robin Wright's biography
Robin Wright arrives on the Croisette at the same time as Netflix released the epic 5th Season teaser for House of Cards, with her character, Claire Underwood, keeps the audience in suspense.
As a frequent director on the series, Robin is attending the festival to premiere her short film The Dark Of Night, from Denise Meyers' script.
From her first big role in Rob Reiner's legendary Princess Bride, to her Academy award nominated performance in Forest Gump, to starring in risky independents like Rebecca Miller's The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and Ari Folman's The Congress, Robin Wright's varied career has led her to become a daring director. As a Jury member in 2009, under Isabelle Huppert's Presidency, Robin attends the festival this time for her directing work. Robin Wright is also set to star in the upcoming Patty Jenkin's Wonder Woman and Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner.
On Thursday, 18 May Robin Wright will share her experience as a female director and her viewpoints of women in cinema for the first talk of Women in Motion.
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