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In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director Cathy Yan spoke about the disappointing performance of her newest film, Birds of Prey, at the box office. She blames structural machismo as the main culprit:
“I know the studio had very high expectations for the film – like all of us. There were also unfavorable expectations in a film directed by women, and what disappointed me the most was the idea that maybe it would prove that we were not ready to That was an extra burden that, as a colored woman director, I already had with me anyway. So, yes, I think there were certainly different ways of interpreting the success or lack of success of the film and everyone has the right to do that. But I definitely feel like everyone was quick to jump at a certain angle “.
Yan also talks about the scene at the Roman Sionis club (Ewan McGregor) that shocked the audience, but which she deemed necessary for the development of the character Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell).
“I’ll be honest: we had to fight to keep this scene because it was uncomfortable. It was risky, and we had to fight to keep it all. There are cuts from the film without it. I think it’s a great turning point for Roman; it’s a great turning point. facing Canary, and the way we shot it, hopefully, wasn’t about sexual violence against women. It was more about Roman, what he’s capable of and Canary seeing who he really is for the first time. Now, she can completely separate of it, and I thought it was a really important scene. So, we fought for it. “
The film is now available for rent online.
Read more about Birds of Prey at Cinema10.