A sword of Damocles over Cannes

A sword of Damocles over Cannes
A sword of Damocles over Cannes

Monday evening, a list of 10 leading figures in French cinema presented as sexual attackers was published on the X network (formerly Twitter). Actors, directors, producers who, for the most part, do not belong to the generation hitherto targeted by #MeToo in French cinema, that of Gérard Depardieu (placed in police custody on April 29), Benoît Jacquot ( accused of rape by Judith Godrèche and Isild Le Besco), Jacques Doillon, André Téchiné or even Dominique Besnehard, to whom Telerama has just dedicated a “investigation into a troubled agent of French cinema”.

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If the content of the list disclosed Monday evening is more than open to doubt, the fact remains that many names have indeed been circulating among professionals of the French 7th Art for several weeks. If we believe Le Figarowho published an article on the subject on Monday evening, or the team of Do not touch My TV ! by Cyril Hanouna, who widely dramatized the affair on the air of C8 Monday evening, this explosive list could be revealed on the occasion of the opening, this Tuesday, May 14, of the 77th Cannes Film Festival. Which is also likely to be impacted by a call for a strike launched by the collective “Under the screens, la dèche” representing various cinema professions (projectionists, programmers, press officers, etc.).

According to our information, Médiapart is in fact preparing to publish an article implicating a very popular personality of French cinema. Which, indeed, could bounce back at the Cannes Film Festival. According to Le Figaroits new president, the German Iris Knobloch, would be in fashion “reinforced vigilance”. While certain films in the official selection could be affected, the festival would in any case have called on an agency specializing in crisis communications whose name has not been revealed. This would not help the affairs of a festival often accused of paying little attention to gender equality (with, for example, only four female directors out of the 22 contenders for the next Palme d’Or). While the royal arrival of Johnny Depp opening last year, on the bill of Jeanne du Barry Maïwenn had caused quite a stir.

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These expected revelations are part of the new wave of #MeToo in French cinema, launched by Judith Godrèche with her series Icon of French Cinema on Arte at the end of 2023. During her hearing by the Senate last February, the actress requested the opening of a commission of inquiry into sexual violence in French cinema. Which was voted on by the National Assembly on May 2. The movement also affects the world of theater, with the indictment for rape on Monday of playwright Pierre Notte…

French actress Judith Godrèche, during Women’s Day, at Paris City Hall, March 8, 2024. ©AP
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