Cannes 2024: Greta Gerwig addresses #MeToo movement in France at Cannes press conference

May15,2024


77th Cannes Film Festival Jury President Greta Gerwig attends a press conference ahead of the opening ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2024 in Cannes, France.  Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

77th Cannes Film Festival Jury President Greta Gerwig attends a press conference ahead of the opening ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2024 in Cannes, France. Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne | Photo credit: Clodagh Kilcoyne

'Barbie' director Greta Gerwig addressed the growing #MeToo movement in France at a jury press conference on the opening day of this year's Cannes Film Festival, Variety reports.

When Gerwig was asked about the ongoing #MeToo rumors ahead of the festival, she said, “I think people in the film community tell us stories and try to change things for the better, which is a good thing.” The thing is.” He said, “I've seen significant change in the American film community and I think it's important that we continue to expand that conversation. So I think this is all moving things in the right direction. Those lines of communication. Keep it open.”

Gerwig is chair of this year's competition jury, which will award the prestigious Palme d'Or at the end of the 11-day festival. The jury included Spanish filmmaker JA Bayona, Turkish actress and screenwriter Ebru Ceylan, Italian actor and producer Pierfrancesco Favino, “Killers of the Flower Moon” star Lily Gladstone, French actor Eva Green, Japanese filmmaker and producer Hirokazu Kore-eda, Lebanese Actors and. Filmmaker Nadine Labaki, and French actor Omar Sy.

Bayona took a different stance on the subject and supported general delegate Thierry Frémaux, who said at a press conference on Monday that the festival's emphasis should be on films.

“I think this issue doesn't particularly affect cinema,” the director of 'The Society of the Snow' said. “It's much broader, and we're here to focus on the movies.” There are also fears of labor unrest this year, with the French collective 'Sous les écrans la Dèche' calling for a walkout. The organization is protesting proposed changes to labor rules that would cut benefits to the unemployed by more than half. The organization brings together hundreds of festival workers, including projectionists, drivers and caterers.

“I certainly support labor movements and we've certainly been through this with our unions right now,” Gerwig said. “I hope the festival workers can come to an agreement that is good for them and supports them and supports the festival.”

According to Variety, the ongoing war in Gaza and the inciting debate around Israel and Palestine came up when the publication asked the jury about Cannes' decision to ban protests on the Croisette. Earlier at the conference, Favino had referred to the festival as a “free space” and stressed that it was probably impossible to ignore the situation in Gaza – after all, there is a film about Gaza in the official Cannes programme. And jury member Sy recently urged politicians to take action to stop Israel's ground offensive on Rafah.

Favino said, “When I say free space, it's not just physical space. It's also the possibility of time.” “One of the hardest things we can do is look for beauty. Work with filmmakers to remind the world that there is beauty in the world. Movies can speak to people…if we look for beauty , then we can seek peace.” The festival opened with the premiere of Quentin Dupieux's French comedy 'The Second Act,' Cannes Film Variety reports. (ANI)

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