Female Representation at the Berlinale 2015

In 2015 I paid my first visit to the International Film Festival in Berlin, known as the Berlinale. One of the things I looked at while I was there was the representation of female directors in the festival programme.

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Fronting female directors is something that I work with in other settings as well, not least through the (Norwegian language only) feminist film website Filmamasoner. However, as it was my first visit to an event of this size and which has such a massive influence on the international film business, it was very interesting for me to look at the issue of representation from a new, or least much wider, angle than I normally do. One of my driving forces behind doing work like this is that I believe we need to keep pushing films by female directors until we no longer feel the need to use terms like “women’s films” at all – but just see them as films.

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Magda, du bedåre

For noen år tilbake fikk rollegalleriet i Torbjørn Liens tegneserie Kollektivet et nytt tillegg: Mounirs kollega Magda. Magda er gæren etter Mounir, som til vanlig ikke har så stort hell med damene – men det at Magda vil ha han, er visst enda verre enn alternativet. Magda er nemlig langt fra de Ellos-modellene og gasellene som Mounir vanligvis drømmer om; hun er tjukk med små pupper, bruker briller (som Mounir selv) midt i sitt kulerunde ansikt, og begår dødssynden det er for en kvinne å kombinere et “mindre heldig” utseende (i følge Mounir og gutta) med en aktiv seksuell appetitt. Tenk dét!

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