Jessica Chastain said she found the onscreen representation of women in this year's Cannes Film Festival lineup "quite disturbing."
"I do believe that if you have female storytelling you also have more authentic female characters," Chastain, who served on the jury, said during a press conference Sunday. "This is the first time I've watched 20 films in 10 days, and I love movies. And the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters that I saw represented. It was quite disturbing to me, to be honest."
Chastain made the comments just after her jury awarded Sofia Coppola with the fest's best director award. The Beguiled helmer is only the second woman awarded with the honor, and the first since 1961.
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SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been digitally altered.) Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actor Jessica Chastain attends the after party for Al Pacino stars in Oscar Wilde's 'Salome' on April 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 16: Actress Jessica Chastain attends 'The New Garde: A Celebration of Fashion' sponsored by Gen Art and Acura on March 16, 2007 at Ivar Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
FRANCE - JUNE 30: Celebrities At Dior Fall-Winter 2008-2009 Haute-Couture Fashion Show In Paris, France On June 30, 2008 - Jessica Chastain. (Photo by Serge BENHAMOU/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Actress Jessica Chastain arrives at The HFPA Salute To Young Hollywood Party held at Nobu on December 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the Premiere of 'Bright Star' Presented by Vanity Fair & Apparition at Paris Theatre on September 14, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
Jessica Chastain is seen in West Hollywood on March 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 18: Actresses Jessica Chastain and Kat Dennings wearing Calvin Klein Collection attend attend ELLE's 17th Annual Women In Hollywood Tribute at The Four Seasons Hotel on October 18, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Actress Jessica Chastain poses for a portrait during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival at The Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift on January 25, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 'Coriolanus' press conference during day five of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt on February 14, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the Calvin Klein Event during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Martinez Hotel on May 12, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO - DECEMBER 07: Member of Jury Jessica Chastain delivers a speach before the tribute to Actor/director Forest Whitaker during Marrakech International Film Festival 2011 on December 7, 2011 in Marrakech, Morocco. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Jessica Chastain arrives at Electrolux at Opening Night of The 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux)
US actress Jessica Chastain poses before the screening of 'Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted' presented out of competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GettyImages)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 10: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 'Zero Dark Thirty' Los Angeles Premiere at Dolby Theatre on December 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Jessica Chastain arrives at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at The Barker Hangar on January 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Jessica Chastain arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH JESSICA CHASTAIN AS PRINCESS MERIDA -- In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, taken September 25, 2013 in Cold Spring, NY, Jessica Chastain poses for acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz as Merida, the adventurous princess from 'Brave.' The newest 'Disney Dream Portrait' was commissioned by Disney Parks for their ongoing celebrity advertising campaign which debuted in 2007. The Leibovitz image, which will appear in the February issue of 'O - The Oprah Magazine,' is entitled, 'Where your destiny awaits.' (Photo by Scott Brinegar/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 2014 InStyle And Warner Bros. 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for InStyle)
DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 05: Actress Jessica Chastain is photographed for Self Assignment on September 5, 2014 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Francois Berthier/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 29: Jessica Chastain attends the 'Interstellar' European Premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on October 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Jessica Chastain arrives to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Jessica Chastain attends at a special screening of 'Interstellar Live' at Royal Albert Hall on March 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 2015 National Board of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Jessica Chastain arrives at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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"There are some exceptions, I will say, but for the most part, I was surprised with the representation of female characters onscreen," she continued. "I do hope that when we include more female storytellers, we will have more of the women that I recognize in my day-to-day life. Ones that are proactive, have their own agencies, don't just react to the men around them. They have their own point of view."
Ava DuVernay, America Ferrera and Debra Messing were among those who praised Chastain's remarks on social media.