Camille Cottin tackles the #MeToo subject head-on by calling out the “all-powerful gentlemen”

Camille Cottin tackles the #MeToo subject head-on by calling out the “all-powerful gentlemen”
Camille Cottin tackles the #MeToo subject head-on by calling out the “all-powerful gentlemen”

Camille Cottin wanted to speak head-on about cases of sexual violence in cinema, in particular by using humor as a weapon.

Camille Cottin during the opening ceremony of the Cannes festival, May 14, 2024 ©BelgaImage

This May 14, the Cannes Film Festival officially began, in a tense context marked by a revival of the #MeToo wave. From then on, the big question was whether the subject was going to be discussed on stage. From the first day, actress Camille Cottin put her foot down during her speech as mistress of the opening ceremony, barely a minute after starting to speak in front of the elite of world cinema.

A dig at “the patriarchy”

The actress first spoke of the joy of inaugurating this great cinematographic mass, before talking about the professional meetings taking place.in the middle of the night on a beach that bears the name of a brand“. It was then that she wanted to make a direct and direct allusion against the old habits of “old cinema”: “Ah yes, I would like to point out that nocturnal professional meetings in the hotel rooms of all-powerful gentlemen are no longer part of the habits and customs of the Cannes vortex, following the adoption of the MeToo law and we welcome it“, she declared to the applause of the audience.

This speech comes on the same day of the publication of a column in Le Monde signed by 147 celebrities demanding a “integral law” on sexual violence. It also comes two weeks after the decision of the French National Assembly to create a parliamentary commission of inquiry into “abuse and violence” in French cinema, notably under the leadership of actresses like Judith Godrèche.

At the end of her speech, Camille Cottin also made a final reference to this context when the time came to welcome the president of the jury for this 2024 edition of the Cannes festival, Greta Gerwig. She thus recalled her feminist commitment, notably her fight which began very early in her career against “biggest villain of cinema: the patriarchy“.

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