According to a study conducted by San Diego State University, it was revealed that only 7% of female directors ranked among the 250 highest-grossing films of 2016. Almost all categories of movies are dominated by males, despite strides in diversity of last week’s Oscar nominations. This raises the question that why the overall representation of women is so low? Why aren’t women playing their role in the movie industry? The reasons can be many, but for 2017, here are five female directors whose work you might be excited to see:

1.      Sofia Coppola

Niki Caro

Sofia Coppola is perhaps the one of the only third woman to be nominated for a best director Oscar. She is most famed for work on The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. Other movies she has worked on as a director include Lick the Start (1998), Marie Antoinette (2006), Somewhere (2010), The Bling Ring (2013), and A Very Murray Christmas (2015). For 2017, she will be working on the highly anticipated The Beguiled (releasing on June 23), which is a war romance. It is a remake of Clint Eastwood’s 1971 film and stars Kristen Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Nicole Kidman.

2.      Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig has generated quite the fan attention thanks.  Last year was the biggest year in her career, as she took winning turns in four films, which included the 20th Century Women and Jackie in which she played as an actor. She served as co-writer and director on Nights and Weekend. This year, she makes her solo directorial debut with the movie Lady Bird. Her role in the movie is of a writer and director in post-production. The movie stars Saoirse Ronan as a high-school senior alongside Lucas Hedges and Laurie Metcalf. This upcoming American Comedy Drama will definitely be worth the watch.

3.      Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Gabriela Cowperthwaite is a director and producer well known for The Search, Blackfish, and City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story. She has been nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary after her documentary Blackfish was a success. Currently, Gabriela is making her narrative feature debut with Megan Leavey on June 9. The true story stars Kate Mara, who plays the role of a Marine Corporal who has saved many lives in Iraq and completed more than 100 missions with the help of her regressive combat dog, Rex.

4.      Niki Caro

Niki Caro

Nikola Jean is a screenwriter, film director and producer who is praised worldwide for her 2002 film “The Whale Rider”. For this year, the filmmaker could return with two female-drive movies. The first is a biography on the life of the famous opera singer Maria Callas. The role will be played by Noomi Rapace and will be a masterpiece for fans of opera and soprano. The second is a World War II drama, The Zookeeper’s Wife (releasing on 31), which follows the story a real-life savior of hundreds of Jews and animals during the Nazi invasion in Plan. The movie will be starring Jessica Chastain to play the lead role.

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