Judith Godrèche will present a short film on sexual violence in Cannes – rts.ch

Judith Godrèche will present a short film on sexual violence in Cannes – rts.ch
Judith Godrèche will present a short film on sexual violence in Cannes – rts.ch

A short film by French actress and director Judith Godrèche, who has become a spearhead in the fight against sexual violence in French cinema, will be presented on May 15 at the Cannes Film Festival, we learned from the organizers on Tuesday.

The world of French cinema has been hit by a succession of accusations of sexual violence from actresses and actors in recent months.

Entitled “Me Too”, this film “highlights the stories of victims of sexual violence. So many individual experiences which add to their own and underline their sadly universal character”, indicated the Cannes Festival which “wishes thus make these testimonies resonate.

Lasting 17 minutes, this short film was produced after Judith Godrèche’s punchy speech during the César ceremony, where she denounced the “level of impunity, denial and privilege” of the middle of the cinema concerning sexual violence.

“Exactly one month after this salutary speech, on March 23, 2024, Judith Godrèche seizes the two means of expression that she knows best – writing and cinema – and brings together women and men who testified to their traumatic experience,” explains the Cannes Festival.

Faced with the avalanche of testimonies, the actress’ dilemma

The actress launched a call for testimonials on Instagram. “Then the question arose what I was going to do with it. What do we do when we are overwhelmed by what we hear, by the quantity of testimonies?”, confides the actress, quoted in a Festival press release.

Without revealing the content of the short film, the Festival lets us guess that it will be about music and collective dance, in which a thousand women and men will participate.

“Me Too” will be presented during the opening ceremony of the Un Certain Regard section as well as at the Cinéma de la Plage on May 15.

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