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Nicole Kidman vows to support female filmmakers

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/24/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers during the photo call for the film The Beguiled at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers during the photo call for the film The Beguiled at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

CANNES, France (AP) — Nicole Kidman criticized Hollywood's rate of hiring women directors and vowed to support female filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.

Actress Nicole Kidman, from left, director Sofia Coppola and actress Kirsten Dunst pose for photographers during the photo call for the film The Beguiled at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Actress Nicole Kidman, from left, director Sofia Coppola and actress Kirsten Dunst pose for photographers during the photo call for the film The Beguiled at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Kidman said that women "have to support female filmmakers — that's just a given now." She was speaking on behalf of Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled," one of three films directed by women in competition for the Palme d'Or in Cannes.

Actresses Catherine Deneavue, from left, Jessica Chastain and Isabelle Huppert pose for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Actresses Catherine Deneavue, from left, Jessica Chastain and Isabelle Huppert pose for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (Thibault Camus)

"The Beguiled" is a remake of Don Siegel's 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood, but told from a female point of view. It's a Civil War thriller in which a wounded Union soldier is taken in by an all-girls school in Virginia.

Kidman noted that only 4 percent of major releases in 2016 were directed by women. Said Kidman: "Everyone keeps saying 'It's so different now. But it isn't."

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