13 May '11, 2pm
Women grab Cannes spotlight with disturbing tales Three of four women vying for the coveted Palme d'Or for best picture
CANNES, France - Female directors, famously shut out of the Cannes film festival's main competition in 2010, dominated the opening of this year's event with dark tales of murder, prostitution, rape and suicide. Three of four women vying for the coveted Palme d'Or for best picture in Cannes screened their movies to the press in the first two days, and, while dividing critics and varying widely in style, they shared a disturbing vision of the world. French actress and film maker Maiwenn was the latest woman in competition this year to present her film "Polisse" Friday, a hard-hitting drama about a close-knit team of police officers in the Child Protection Unit (CPU). She followed Australia's Julia Leigh with her debut feature "Sleeping Beauty," about a student who turns to a strange form of prostitution, and Scotland's Lynne Ramsay with "We Need To Talk About Kevin," about a...