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Cannes Film Festival: Greta Gerwig’s jury and Meryl Streep’s Palme d’Or

CANNES, France (AP) — Under intermittent rainy skies, the Cannes Film Festival opened Tuesday with the presentation of an honorary Palme d’Or to Meryl Streep and the unveiling of Greta Gerwig’s jury, while the spectacular kick-off to the Côte d’Azur a potentially volatile 77th edition.

For 10 days, a stream of stars began to flow along the Cannes’ Red carpet with the opening film “The Second Act”, a French comedy with Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Louis Garrel and Raphaël Quenard. They play quarrelsome actors making a film made by artificial intelligence.

However, the first long ovation of the festival went to Streep, who received an honorary Palme d’Or during Tuesday’s opening ceremony. After Juliette Binoche introduced her, Streep alternately shook her head, fanned herself and danced while the crowd applauded loudly.

“I’m so grateful that you didn’t get sick of my face and get off the train,” said Streep, who soon after declared Cannes officially open with Binoche.

“My mother, who is usually right about everything, said to me: ‘Meryl, darling, you’ll see. Everything is happening so fast. So fast,” Streep added. “And it does, and it does. Except my speech, which is too long.

Streep. (Photo by Daniel Cole/Invision/AP)

The reception was almost as enthusiastic for Gerwig, the first American filmmaker to preside over the Cannes jury that will decide on the festival’s highest award, the Palme d’Or. Thierry Frémaux, artistic director of Cannes, hailed her Monday as “the ideal director” for Cannes, given her work in the field of arthouse cinema and her interest in the history of cinema. And Fremaux said: “We really liked “Barbie”.

In the coming days, Cannes will premiere George Miller’s film “Furiosa: a Mad Max saga” The self-financing of Francis Ford Coppola “Megalopolis” and anticipated new films from Paolo Sorrentino, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrea Arnold and Kevin Costner.

But much of the drama surrounding this year’s edition Cannes was off-screen.

After the French actor Judith Godrèche earlier this year After accusing two directors of rape and sexual abuse when she was a teenager, the French film industry is arguably facing its defining #MeToo moment. On Wednesday, Godrèche will present his short film “Me Too”.

Asked about the expansion of #MeToo in France, Gerwig told reporters in Cannes on Tuesday that it was progress.

“I think people in the film community telling us stories and trying to change things for the better is nothing but good,” Gerwig said. “I have seen substantial changes in the American film community and I think it is important that we continue to expand this conversation. So I think this just moves things in the right direction. Keep those lines of communication open.

Jury member Lily Gladstone, from left, jury president Greta Gerwig, jury member Eva Green and jury member Pierfrancesco Favino pose for photographers as they arrive at the awards ceremony and premiere from the movie

Lily Gladstone, Greta Gerwig, Eva Green and Pierfrancesco Favino. (Photo by Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP)

Gerwig is joined on the jury by Lily Gladstone, star of “The Killers of the Flower Moon” French actress Eva Green, Spanish filmmaker JA Bayona, French actor Omar Sy, Lebanese actress and director Nadine Labaki, Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, Turkish screenwriter Ebru Ceylan and Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino.

“I thought I got over my imposter syndrome last year,” said the Oscar-nominated Gladstone. “But I’m going to start all over again.”

Jurors were asked how many real-world concerns outside the festival might affect their deliberations. One film in competition, Ali Abbasi’s “The Apprentice,” stars Sebastian Stan as a young Donald Trump. Labaki was asked about the war in Gaza.

“I truly believe that one of the tools to really make a difference in the situation that we’re all living in right now, which is a situation that I think is not so great, is really through “art and cinema,” Labaki said. “It can offer a more tolerant way of looking at things and looking at each other as human beings.”

Filmmakers, Favino said, play an important role in reminding the world where it can find beauty.

“That’s why I decided I could be here without feeling guilty as a human being,” Favino said. “Because if we seek beauty, then we might seek peace. »

Other concerns also revolve around Cannes this year. Festival workers, tired of short-term contracts that leave them without the right to unemployment benefits between festivals, have threatened to strike. During Tuesday’s opening ceremony, two small groups of festival workers demonstrated, including one group who unfurled a banner from the roof of the Palace.

On Monday, Iranian filmmaker Mohammed Rasoulof, whose film “The Seed of the Sacred Fig” is presented next week in competition at Cannes, said he fled Iran after being sentenced to eight years in prison and flogging. The film is said to be a critical portrayal of the Iranian government.

Heidi Klum poses for photographers as she arrives at the awards ceremony and film premiere

Heidi Klum (Photo by Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP)

As Cannes continues, many will focus on the stars walking the festival’s famous red carpet. They will include Emma Stone, Anya Taylor-Joy, Demi Moore, Selena Gomez, Nicolas Cage and Barry Keoghan. During the closing ceremony on May 25, George Lucas will receive an honorary Palme d’Or.

Whatever happens, the 77th Cannes will have something to live up to. Last year’s festival, widely celebrated for its strong programming, produced three Academy Award nominees for Best Picture: “Anatomy of a Fall,” “The Zone of Interest” and “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

A good Cannes will help France stay at the forefront of the world stage throughout the summer. The festival will be followed by the French Open, the Tour de France and the Summer Olympics in Paris. On May 21, the Olympic flame will climb the steps of the Palais des Festivals.

HAS help revive the spirit from last year’s festival, Messi, the canine star of “Anatomy of a Fall” was the first star to walk the red carpet on Tuesday. The border collie, hired to film daily segments for French television, frolicked on the carpet while photographers in tuxedos shouted “Messi!” Messi!

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