The 77th Cannes Film Festival opens with #MeToo in mind

The 77th Cannes Film Festival opens with #MeToo in mind
The 77th Cannes Film Festival opens with #MeToo in mind

The 77th Cannes Film Festival opens Tuesday with the #MeToo wave on everyone’s minds, and on the red carpet, a parade of stars including Hollywood legend, Meryl Streep.

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The subject of sexual violence is present as rarely, seven years after the fall of American producer Harvey Weinstein, and five months after Judith Godrèche spoke out in France.

The actress, who accused French directors Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon of rape in her adolescence, will present on Wednesday a short film “Me Too”, made in tribute to the victims.

“Her fight against Judith Godrèche, she makes it a cinematographic gesture, (…) not a personal fight”, underlined Tuesday the general delegate of the Festival, Thierry Frémaux, on public radio France Inter.

A highlight, at a time when 100 personalities, including many actresses (Isabelle Adjani, Emmanuelle Béart, Juliette Binoche…) are calling for a comprehensive law against sexual violence in France.

“Our #Metoo speeches revealed a reality shrouded in denial: sexist and sexual violence is systemic, not exceptional. However (…) who really listens to us? can we read Tuesday in the column published on the Le Monde website.

In Cannes, the mistress of ceremonies Camille Cottin promised AFP not to forget “the profound questions” of the profession.

“There will be speeches from strong, powerful personalities, powerful women who will also speak out and who are important guests at this ceremony.”

If none of the invited personalities have been the subject of public accusations, nine women have accused, most anonymously, the French producer Alain Sarde, who produced films by Bertrand Tavernier or Jean-Luc Godard, of having them raped or sexually assaulted, revealed the magazine “Elle” on Monday.

The Cannes Festival as well as the investigative site Mediapart, on the other hand, have denied the persistent rumors of a “list” of cinema personalities implicated for this type of facts.

“There are not two separate things, the festival on the one hand and everything that happens around it,” said Camille Cottin, also referring to the social movement of the little hands of the Cannes Film Festival, who demand less precariousness and protest against the tightening of the unemployment insurance system.

Rare on the Croisette

The opening evening will be marked by the Honorary Palme d’Or awarded to the star of the evening, Meryl Streep, 74 years old.

Hollywood legend with 21 Oscar nominations and roles in such cult films as “Sophie’s Choice” (1982), “On the Road to Madison” (1995) and “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006). ), it remains rare on the Croisette.

There she will meet Greta Gerwig, a filmmaker who made her film “The Daughters of Doctor March” (2019).

Greta Gerwig, who has since become the first director to gross more than a billion dollars with a film, “Barbie”, will take her first steps as president of the Cannes jury on Tuesday, a further sign of the evolution of relations by force in the 7th art.

On the glamorous side, she will meet the other members of her jury on the red carpet, including Omar Sy, Eva Green and Lily Gladstone, with whom she shared a first candy pink dinner on Monday evening, Barbie obliges, concocted in her honor by the chef of stars Jean Imbert.

They will be joined by the quartet of French stars from the opening film “The Second Act,” which is released at the same time in theaters: Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Vincent Lindon and Raphäel Quenard.

Quentin Dupieux brought them together for a comedy about cinema that hits where it hurts, from political correctness to the actors’ egos.

The opening ceremony will also celebrate good news for film buffs: the unexpected arrival in Cannes of Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, who has just been sentenced to five years in prison, but who fled his country.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is helping us to ensure its progress to Cannes. We hope to show the film in the presence of its director,” Thierry Frémaux said on Tuesday.

His film, “The Seed of the Sacred Fig,” will be presented on the last day of the competition on May 24, the day before the awards.



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