CANNES – “I grew up with Cannes. My journey began here. I have enormous memories because I came here with my first film (THE SON’S ROOM) in 2001 and at the time I didn’t know the glamorous aspect of the Croisette, something that I still don’t care much. Among the memories there is what the Lumiere room seemed to me enormous. Then there was THE BEST OF YOUTH by Marco Tullio Giordana which won at Un Certain Regard. I love the spirit of this place”. Speech by Jasmine Trinca during the press conference of the jury of the festival competition to which she is a part with president Vincent Lindon, British actress and director Rebecca Hall, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, the French filmmaker Ladj Ly, the American director Jeff Nichols and the Norwegian director Joachim Trier.
And in a long press conference in the shadow of the war in Ukraine, the controversy surrounding Farhadi for the alleged plagiarism of A HERO also makes room. “My film is not a plagiarism”, the Iranian director has repeatedly and forcefully reiterated. “I think the matter will no doubt be cleared up. And I’m sorry it caused so much discomfort. It’s just misinformation.” This is the backstory. Former student Azadeh Masihzadeh says the director, after developing the documentary All Winners, All Losers in a film workshop, would use the premise and many specific plot details as the basis for A HERO, which debuted at Cannes last year. last and won the Grand Prix. Farhadi has sometimes sued the former student, accusing her of defamation, but the court first deemed her evidence “insufficient” to support her thesis. Among the many interventions in the name of the difficulties and responsibilities for those who have to judge cinema, even stronger in these difficult times, the one by president Vincent Lindon was very beautiful and heartfelt: “Of course – said the French actor – there is a enormous responsibility, but I just want to be a normal spectator. Or rather, a child who watches and sees what happens inside him. Whether a film has social themes or not, that’s not what will make the difference”.
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