Cannes, France ( Associated Press) – After two years of pandemic, the 75th Cannes Film Festival Along with getting ready for its biggest gathering on the French Riviera since the 2019 edition, it’s going with a familiar dose of controversy and some new snaps.
Preparations were in full swing at the top and bottom of the crochet Before the opening of the festival on Monday. The festival will kick off on Tuesday with “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius’ zombie film “Z”.
But before things started, there was already a lot of commotion at the festival. Hours before the festival’s artistic director Thierry Framaux addressed the media on Monday, Hollywood Trade Deadline posted an article How it could not publish an interview with Fremox and whether Cannes would host a Roman Polanski film again after female filmmakers requested changes to their answers on topics including.
“The festival is not only seeking copy approval as a condition for the interview with Fremox (some other festival or organization has not asked us), but after pledging not to make any changes to the transcript, it is likely is removing material including potentially uncomfortable answers from Frémaux concerning diversity and controversial filmmakers,” read the Deadline story.
For a festival that prides itself as a celebration of freedom of expression, this was a strange start to what Cannes is expecting as a normal festival., Some 35,000 film pros are expected to arrive by May 17-28, along with some great Hollywood titles including “Top Gun: Maverick” and Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis.” However, Frémaux didn’t see this as an issue.
“There is no self-censorship and certainly no censorship,” he told reporters. “Of course, I try to keep an eye on myself when I talk to reporters.”
“If I want to change something, I change it,” he said. “I can re-read what’s reported and change my mind if I want to.”
However, Fremoux said he did not want the story to happen.
“This is a Cannes Film Festival press conference, this is not a school for journalists,” he said. “Ask me whatever questions you want to ask me. Shoot them at me.”
A journalist immediately asked Fremoux about Cannes’ records with female filmmakers, a long-standing issue of controversy. Last year, French filmmaker Julia Ducornau became only the second female director to win the festival’s coveted top prize, with the body horror thriller “Titan”.Palme d’Or.
There are five women in the competition lineup of 21 films at Cannes this year. This is on par with Cannes’ previous high, but lags behind the percentage found in some other international festivals, which have made diversity a central priority.
“I don’t think there are too few women in the competition,” Fremoux said. “There are 25% of the contestants and 25% of those who apply.”
Fremoux suggested that discussions about gender equality in film are often framed incorrectly, and that the festival selects films based only on their quality. She described the progress for women in film as a significant development in filmmaking, but one that is still to be seen.
“Should we decide to give preference to women directors today? How would you answer that?” He presented himself to the journalist. “What dogma, what rule should there be? There is no quota.”
The eve of the festival was otherwise characterized by ticket issues for the festival. Cannes began implementing a digital system last year but there were very few attendees in 2021. The system crashed on Tuesday. Fremox said the problem has been made worse by hacking robots trying to buy 1,000 tickets a second.
“We have a better system this year,” Framaux said, pausing ironically for cheers. “I mean: there has to be a better system.”
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