Cannes Film Festival 2024: the 77th edition opens with a 100% female ceremony, in the midst of the #MeToo wave

Cannes Film Festival 2024: the 77th edition opens with a 100% female ceremony, in the midst of the #MeToo wave
Cannes Film Festival 2024: the 77th edition opens with a 100% female ceremony, in the midst of the #MeToo wave

It must be said that the movement for freedom of speech, in the 7th art and elsewhere, is not weakening. It even almost overwhelmed the Festival with rumors of accusations from personalities, relayed on social networks and taken up by certain media, forcing the festival to deny them.

This ceremony followed the traditional climb of the steps, climbed by the members of the jury including Omar Sy, Eva Green and Lily Gladstone, but also the star Jane Fonda, icon of anti-establishment America of the 1970s, or the dog Messi, star of last year’s Palme d’Or, “Anatomy of a fall“.

The competition will start on Wednesday with “Rough diamond“, a first film by Frenchwoman Agathe Riedinger. It is the first of 22 filmmakers, and only four female directors, in the running to succeed “Anatomy of a fall” by Justine Triet. Among them, Francis Ford Coppola, Paolo Sorrentino and Jacques Audiard, but also the Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof. The latter has just clandestinely fled Iran for an undisclosed location in Europe and on Tuesday implored world cinema to ‘bring a “strong support” to threatened directors.

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