“We made sure that it was a big party,” says Thierry Frémaux

“We made sure that it was a big party,” says Thierry Frémaux
“We made sure that it was a big party,” says Thierry Frémaux

“We wanted to make a festival without controversy, we try to ensure that there is none in terms of organization, in terms of declarations, in terms of choice” during this 77th Cannes Film Festival, declares Thierry Frémeaux, its general delegate. It opens today, with the #MeToo wave in everyone’s minds, and on the red carpet, a parade of stars including Hollywood legend, Meryl Streep, guest of honor.

Last year, the choice of the opening film, “Jeanne du Barry” with actor Johnny Depp, caused controversy, after his trial for defamation surrounding accusations of domestic violence. “We made sure it was a big party“, says Thierry Frémeaux. “Yes, things are happening in French cinema”continues the general delegate.

A short film by Judith Godrèche

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 will present “Me Too”, a short film which is a collection of testimonies, to denounce sexual violence. “She made a film of her fight, a 17-minute short film. It prolongs the fight she is waging, a fight that is not personal”, explains Thierry Frémeaux. The issue of sexual violence will be present from the opening evening, the mistress of ceremonies Camille Cottin promises not to forget “deep questions” of career.

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