The red carpet promises to be hot, tonight, for the solemn inauguration of the 75th Festival of Cannes. With Bérenice Béjo and Romain Duris, the stars of Coupez !, and the Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanaviciuswill parade the jury led by Vincent Lindon and composed by Jasmine Trinca, Rebecca Hall, Asghar Farhadi, Noomi Rapace, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, Jeff Nichols, Ladj Ly, Joachim Trier. Forest Whitaker will also receive the Palm of Honor and the legendary marches the Paralympic champion fencer Bebe Vio, testimonial L’Oréal who celebrates the 25th anniversary of the association with the Festival.
Cannes has already filled up, lines are forming in front of the Palais and traffic jams are ravaging it Croisette. The pandemic seems like a distant memory. And even if Variety freezes the enthusiasm wondering if the Festival, with its 35 thousand accredited and in the absence of masks, will not end up turning into a mega-outbreak of Covid, Thierry Frémaux he is in high spirits also because the Americans, Indians and Africans are back: “We will all have a great Festival together without forgetting Ukraine”, promises the general delegate, referring to the documentary Mariupol 2, directed by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius killed a month ago by a Russian rocket while fleeing Ukraine. Happy with the presence in the competition of the great authors, from David Cronenberg with Crimes of the Future to James Gray with Armageddon Time, Frémaux has the answer ready even for those who reproach him for having competed, in spite of the pink quotas, only 5 female directors on 21.
«It is a generational problem», says the general delegate, «women are beginning to make their way and there are established authors in competition, I could not select only young people. But female directors abound in the other sections. One day I will be accused of having invited a few men … ». Does Festival n.75 celebrate itself? “Here on the Croisette we will celebrate not so much ourselves as the cinema, especially what you see in the hall”. It is no coincidence that Netflix films and films produced by other platforms are still banned from the Cannes competition. On the other hand, TikTok has become the official sponsor of the Festival. “In the changing world, social media are decisive for attracting young audiences”.