” THANKS “ : the left welcomed the speech of the director Justine Triet, who denounced the pension reform after receiving the Palme d’or in Cannes on Saturday May 28. The protest movement against the reform was “denied and shockingly repressed”denounced Justine Triet, referring to a “dominant power pattern”. She also felt that the government was trying to “break the cultural exception [française] ».
“Thank you to Justine Triet for her courage in addition to her talent. Cannes returns to its tradition. It is the resistant left that created this festival”reacted the leader of La France insoumise (LFI) Jean-Luc Mélenchon on Twitter. “Six months that all of France disputes. Six months that we submit to the will of one. Thank you, madam, for keeping a stiff neck”also supported the number one of the Socialist Party (PS), Olivier Faure, while Marine Tondelier, boss of Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV), was ironic about these “news of Macron’s hundred days to appease, live from the Cannes Film Festival”.
“Commodification of bodies, commodification of culture, congratulations to Justine Triet for her Palme d’or and her speech that strikes so rightly”added the national secretary of the French Communist Party (PCF), Fabien Roussel.
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Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak immediately responded to Justine Triet’s comments, saying “stunned by his unfair speech”. “This film could not have seen the light of day without our French film funding model, which allows for a diversity that is unique in the world. Let’s not forget it »she wrote on social media.
If Justine Triet said she understood “the stomach” of the Minister, she insisted on recalling that “the idea of the non-profitability of films” should be “preserved”and that Cannes had “always been a place where people expressed themselves politically in relation to the situation in the country”.
“I find it ungrateful and unfair”, answered Sunday morning on BFM-TV the Minister of Culture, recalling having announced last week on the Croisette an aid plan for audiovisual and cinematographic creation of 350 million euros by 2030. “In Justine Triet’s speech, there is clearly an ideological background of the far left”she said.
“I would like her to give me the figures, the facts on which she bases herself to consider that, today, culture is “commodified” and the cultural exception broken”said Rima Abdul Malak, insisting on the government’s support for the sector, especially during the health crisis.
The reaction of the Minister of Culture on Saturday evening made people jump to the left. Olivier Faure claimed to be “flabbergasted to see a minister of culture who thinks that, when you finance a film, you are buying the conscience of its authors”. “Don’t think any more, take your subsidies and silence in the ranks”launched the PCF ironically.
Figures from the presidential camp entered the debate, provoking a few skirmishes on Twitter. “Anatomy of the ingratitude of a profession that we help so much… and of an art that we love so much”tackled Roland Lescure, Minister Delegate for Industry, in reference to the award-winning film, Anatomy of a fall. On the same line, David Lisnard, mayor Les Républicains de Cannes, sharply criticized on Twitter a “speech of a spoiled child and so conformist, receiving the prestigious Palme d’Or for her subsidized film”.
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“Perhaps it is time to stop distributing so much aid to those who have no awareness of what it costs taxpayers”, threatened for his part the chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Assembly, Guillaume Kasbarian (Renaissance). Environmentalist Benjamin Lucas saw a call there “to censorship, by blackmailing subsidies” : “It’s Le Pen in the text”according to him.