Rumors of #MeToo scandal: the president of the Cannes Film Festival will make decisions “on a case-by-case” basis

Rumors of #MeToo scandal: the president of the Cannes Film Festival will make decisions “on a case-by-case” basis
Rumors of #MeToo scandal: the president of the Cannes Film Festival will make decisions “on a case-by-case” basis

Iris Knobloch speaks in “Paris Match” on the hypothesis where a selected filmmaker would be involved in a sexual assault case.

A lawyer by training, the president of the Cannes Film Festival promises to act in consultation with the board of directors and stakeholders.

Last year, Johnny Depp’s presence on the red carpet aroused the anger of feminist associations and many French actors.

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His words are rare. President of the Cannes Film Festival since 2022, German Iris Knobloch speaks in the columns of Paris Match a few days before the opening of the 77th Cannes Film Festival, and at a time when French cinema finally seems to be doing its #MeToo, in the wake of the Depardieu affair.

While Le Figaro echoed a press investigation which could appear before or during the event which will take place from May 14 to 25, the former president of Warner Europe addresses the hypothesis where one of the selected filmmakers would be implicated in a sexual assault case. “We are extremely attentive to what is happening today, we are monitoring the situation closely“, she assures.

We would also discuss the work in order to see what is best for it. She’s the real star.

Iris Knobloch, president of the Cannes Film Festival

If the case of an accused person arises, we will ensure that we make the right decision on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the board of directors and stakeholders.“, continues this trained lawyer. “But we would also discuss the work in order to see what is best for it. She’s the real star.”

Last year, around a hundred French actors signed an online petition to be moved by the presence of personalities in Cannes.who abuse, harass, violent, on the red carpet” of Cannes. An implicit allusion to the American superstar Johnny Depp, star of Jeanne du Barry, the opening film. The American actor was back in the spotlight after winning his defamation trial against Amber Heard who accused him of domestic violence.

During the demonstration, feminist activists pasted posters accusing the organizers of being “accomplices of the attackers” on the walls of Cannes.

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On Wednesday, the Cannes Film Festival announced that it had invited Judith Godrèche to present Me tooa short documentary film based on the numerous testimonies she has received since her accusations against Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon and her memorable speech on the César stage.

It will be screened on May 15 at the opening of the Un certain regard selection, as well as at the Cinéma de la plage, with free access to the general public.


Jérôme VERMELIN

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