Actress Juliette Binoche urges actors to reject roles that objectify women
When she was offered roles where she was “someone’s wife, or objectified as a woman”, she turned them down.
“I just said ‘no’ because I wasn’t interested,” the 58-year-old told reporters, admitting she felt “very lucky” to have played so many interesting roles while throughout his career.
“I know that there are women who are victims of it… but you have to know how to refuse this kind of codified cinema”, declared Binoche, whose role in “The English Patient” (1996) earned him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. .
“It’s not always easy, but you have to know how to take a leap into the unknown where these chauvinistic codes no longer apply.”
Binoche, who has played some 75 different roles since her big-screen debut in 1983, says she tries “never to judge a role, but to embrace it with all its contradictions, all its darkness and for what makes it ultimately human.
“And when a plot leads to an evolution or a transformation, that’s what interests me the most.”
On Sunday evening, the festival will present Binoche and Canadian director David Cronenberg with an honorary Donostia award in recognition of their career.
Past recipients of the Donostia Award – the festival’s highest accolade – include actors Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Ian McKellen and Robert De Niro.
Last year’s honors went to French actor Marion Cotillard and Hollywood star Johnny Depp.