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Cannes 2024: MeToo, strike… Greta Gerwig, Omar Sy and the festival jury responded to the controversy

A few hours before the start of the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, with the presentation of Quentin Dupierre’s film “The Second Act”, the jury*, chaired by Greta Gerwig, the director of Barbie, held a traditional press conference for journalists. the world.

One of the specifics of this speech is to allow us to hear the expectations of the jury, but also their responses to recent controversies or social issues surrounding the film sector in general.

Among them, the removal of sexual violence in the industry, whether French or international, or the call for a strike launched this May 14 by the collective Sous les screens, the loss of all festival employees. They request, in particular, to enjoy the status of an intermittent contractor.

On MeToo…

When a foreign journalist asks the president of the jury, Greta Gerwig, is she not afraid that there will be a controversy related to the MeToo movement?blurFilm sector, the director answers:

I think people in the film community sharing their stories and trying to make a difference can only do good. I’ve seen significant changes in the American film community, and I think it’s important to continue this conversation. So I think saving these movies can only lead in the right direction.”

Asked about the “delay” of the French MeToo movement, Omar Sy says:Indeed, it can be considered quite late, but it happens and happens more and more. I believe the word has spread to all levels of society, so we must continue to track this progress.

On this topic, actress Lily Gladstone particularly highlights some of the changes in the film industry, such as the introduction of intimacy coordinators – people who ensure that the filming of nude and sex scenes is carefully monitored, accompanying interested parties to maintain a healthy environment.

On the strike movement in Kan…

On the social movement that called for the strike, filmmaker Greta Gerwig says of the “union movements,” referring to the recent strike that took place in Hollywood in 2023: “I hope the festival and the workers can come to an agreement favorable to them and support the festival, because it is very important that people have protection and a decent wage.

*Consists of French people Omar C and Eva Green, Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, American actress Lily GladstoneBy Turkish screenwriter Ebru Ceylan, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda and Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona.

The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 14 to 25, 2024.

Source: Allocine

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