Cannes, on the red carpet it is the day of 4 'powerful' women

Judith Godreche, voice of the French #MeToo, with her highly anticipated short film; Anya Taylor-Joy, in the role of the protagonist of “Furiosa”, yet another chapter in the “Mad Max” saga; Meryl Streep, with her masterclass, are the “powerful” women of the second day of the Cannes Film Festival.

Streep, 74, a Hollywood legend, received the Palme d’Or for lifetime achievement at the opening ceremony watched by 2.3 million viewers, a record according to France Televisions.


“You have changed the way we see women, you have given us a new image of ourselves”, Juliette Binoche thanked her emotionally, giving her the award. “Me Too”, directed by Judith Godreche, 52 years old, will be presented twice: at the opening of the ‘Un certain Regard’ selection, at the Palais des Festivals, only for accredited members, and at the Cinema de la Plage, for the public. It will be the first, long-awaited highlight of the Festival, seven years after the scandal that led to the fall of the American producer Harvey Weinstein overseas, and five months after the significant speech, in France, of the actress-director who accused two cinema figures of rape by the author: Benoit Jacquot and Jacques Doillon.

In 17 minutes, Godreche’s short film aims to denounce sexual violence and give a face to a thousand victims: “Cinema has a symbolic, almost divine function. Telling myself that the anonymous people present in this short will be the main actors of a film that will go to Cannes, that’s the status I’m interested in.”

The #MeToo movement is fueling many discussions at the Cannes Film Festival: “We continue to debate these issues together, in particular where we want cinema to go. In the United States there have been many changes”, commented Greta Gerwig, president of the jury and the first director to exceed a billion dollars in revenue with ‘Barbie’, “more and more women have the courage to say how things are in the film industry. Fifteen years ago I couldn’t have imagined that there would be so many women in cinema “.

However, there are only four female directors in the 22 films in competition at Cannes this year. “Four reckless women,” said Camille Cottin, the Festival’s master of ceremonies. Including the French Agathe Riedinger who opens the competition with “Diamant brut”, a first film about reality TV and the aspirations of a young girl who lives in the south of France. On the red carpet there will be Anya Taylor-Joy, 28 years old, a warrior who leaves men in the dust on the big screen in “Furiosa”, presented out of competition as a world premiere. It is a new episode of the “Mad Max” saga, more precisely a prequel to “Fury Road” (2015), or the youth of the character then played by Charlize Theron.



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