After thirteen years of love, the couple would have put an end to their story… On August 7, 2023, after weeks of rumors, Us Weekly announced that Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied were in the process of divorce. According to the magazine Here, the choreographer had an extra marital relationship with Camille Etienne, a 25-year-old environmental activist. For People, a source close to the couple said: “He knows he made a huge mistake, and he’s doing everything he can to get Natalie to forgive him and keep their family together. Natalie is incredibly private and has no intention of talking about it in the media. Her highest priority is to protect her children and their privacy.” If the 42-year-old actress has not spoken on the subject and has been discreet in recent weeks, she has made a radical decision.
Like other movie stars, Natalie Portman won’t be heading to 49th edition of the Deauville American Film Festival, which will be held from Friday 1 to Sunday 10 September. Indeed, in the midst of a strike in Hollywood, they are prohibited from any form of promotion. In a statement, the event organizers said: ” Peter Dinklage and Natalie Portman canceled their attendance, as did Jude Law and Joseph Gordon-Levitt who should have come to receive a tribute. However, despite these withdrawals, we maintain the programming and the ceremonies in their honor. It is in this context of resistance that we have written the story of this edition, where independent cinema is preparing for the future in a rapidly changing industry. »
Bruno Barde: “I support her”
Bruno Barde, artistic director of the festival had indicated, in the columns of Variety, to support the actors and the screenwriters on strike. While the latter are worried about artificial intelligence, he assured: “AI has always existed in cinema and today it threatens scriptwriters, decorators, dubbers and of course the actors whose image we use. Cinema is an art that elevates humanity and artificial intelligence does the exact opposite. It is a hazard. » Despite everything, he has chosen to maintain the tributes to the careers of various cinema figures, even if they will not be there. “I want the American film community to understand that keeping the tributes going doesn’t mean I’m not interested in the strike. On the contrary, I support it and I would never want to deprive the actors and actresses of these tributes because they are not coming because of this strike” he explained.