Cannes Film Festival: no luxury brand wants to dress the team of disabled actors from “A little thing in addition” who must climb the steps, rant from Artus

Cannes Film Festival: no luxury brand wants to dress the team of disabled actors from “A little thing in addition” who must climb the steps, rant from Artus
Cannes Film Festival: no luxury brand wants to dress the team of disabled actors from “A little thing in addition” who must climb the steps, rant from Artus

Director Artus and the actors with mental disabilities in his successful film A little something extra, will climb the steps of the Cannes Film Festival on May 22, he said on Saturday May 11, regretting that no luxury brand had lent them an outfit.

“On the 22nd, we go up the steps”declared the 36-year-old director and actor on France Inter, three days before the opening Tuesday of the most prestigious film festival in the world.

While the film released on May 1 exceeded 1.6 million admissions on Friday, its fifteen main actors will meet on the steps of the Palais des Festivals, according to Artus.

“It’s our film costume designers who will make them very beautiful costumes”

“There are eleven actors with disabilities and four classics, four ‘boring’ we’ll say”he laughed, specifying that the latter were himself, Clovis Cornillac, Alice Belaïdi and Céline Groussard.

According to him, and contrary to custom, no luxury brand lent evening wear to the team for this climb of the steps. “I don’t understand why. They tell us stories about quotas, saying ‘We’ve already lent all our costumes'”did he declare.

He assured that he did not believe this explanation: “I think it’s always more elegant for a brand to dress Brad Pitt than to dress (…) Artus and even more so actors with disabilities.”

“It doesn’t matter, it’s our film costume designers who will make them very beautiful costumes (…) and it will be very good”he said.

“A feel-good film”

Climb the steps with the film crew, “It’s been on my mind for a long time”while“there are influencers who have mounted them ten times”also admitted the director.

“Now that the film has this success, I find it even more legitimate”he added, saying to himself “thrilled” that its actors with disabilities “arrive a bit in the limelight at Cannes”.

Furthermore, Artus, originally from Montpellier, will be one of the bearers of the Olympic flame on Monday May 13 in this city, alongside one of his actors, Sofian, he said.

Comedy that aims to laugh with disabled people and not at their expense, A little something extra is already one of the successes of the year.

Father and son on screen, Clovis Cornillac and Artus play two little thugs who hide in the middle of a summer camp for young people with mental disabilities, in order to escape the police. Artus poses as a boarder and Clovis Cornillac as his educator.

Asked about the reasons for the success, Artus felt that “in these somewhat anxiety-provoking times, it’s a film that feels good”and which allows you to discover “a population that we don’t often see, people with mental disabilities.”

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