“I don’t appreciate being used as cannon fodder”… Emmanuelle Bercot responds to the pages of Isild Le Besco concerning her

“I don’t appreciate being used as cannon fodder”… Emmanuelle Bercot responds to the pages of Isild Le Besco concerning her
“I don’t appreciate being used as cannon fodder”… Emmanuelle Bercot responds to the pages of Isild Le Besco concerning her

Isild Le Besco and Emmanuelle Bercot started together, one in front of the camera held by the other in The chip. This short film was the filmmaker’s final study project at Fémis, a public art school under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. The actress was 14 years old at the time and says in her book, Say truereleased by Denoël on May 2, having had to look at a man’s erect penis during a sex scene that would have taken a long time to film.

Being “quoted or even seeing (s) a photo affixed in the middle of several men designated as attackers or rapists” outrages Emmanuelle Bercot who “has little appreciation for serving as media cannon fodder for the promotion of her book”. Especially since, as she suggested on https://twitter.com/franceinter/status/1787387653882630480 at Léa Salamé’s microphone, she was not warned by the one who is her son’s godmother, before the release of the book. A work that she has not yet read and whose content, which she heard, “stuns” her.

“No desire for a controversy”

Emmanuelle Bercot claims to have “no desire to enter into a controversy” with Isild Le Besco, who is “without doubt the woman to whom I have been closest in my entire life”. If the filmmaker, also nominated for Molières and who is released in cinemas The Coubertin spirit“understands her approach”, herself taking stock of her journey “with the light that is ours today”, she firmly denies having made Isild Le Besco film “a long sex scene” when she was a very young teenager.*

“When a fourteen-year-old girl is turned around, the DDASS intervenes. All of this is very structured, very protected. The film was selected in Cannes as an official selection and won the Cinéfondation prize. It was released in theaters. He had very good press. Let’s not pretend today as if it were a somewhat obscure film where I could have made Isild do things that were not possible. (…) This shot that I made her watch is a five-second shot when the young girl sees a piece of the partner’s erect penis and she turns her head away. The shot lasts five seconds and the story of this film is the deflowering of a young girl,” explains Emmanuelle Bercot.

Other experiences of sexual violence

In the book, this anecdote sits alongside other experiences of sexual and moral violence experienced by Isild Le Besco, both in his personal and professional life. The actress, who is also a director, recounts the relationship under influence she suffered with Benoît Jacquot. At the time, she was 16 and he was 52. She also talks about the couple formed by her sister Maïwenn, then a minor, with Luc Besson, who was already an established filmmaker.

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