Depp counterattacks, “contempt” according to Cissé and the Martinez concierge

Twenty-four hours after being declared open by Catherine Deneuve, the Cannes Film Festival is picking up its stride. Hirokazu Kore-eda, palmed gold in 2018 for A family matteropens the competition this Wednesday at 7 p.m. with his new film Monster shot in Japan. It will be followed at 10 p.m. by The return by Catherine Corsini with her Caesarized actress Aissatou Dialla Sagna.

At Critics’ Week, Marie Amachoukeli, co-winner of the Caméra d’or in 2014 for Party Girl, opened this parallel section this Wednesday Love Glory, a tender melody about the relationship that develops between a Cape Verdean nanny and a six-year-old French girl, while Souleymane Cissé received, at the age of 83 for all of his work, the Golden Coach at the Fortnight filmmakers. It was just after Johnny Depp reacted to the hostile reactions against him the day before.

Today’s event: Johnny Depp strikes back

No, his life “isn’t the marvelously horrifying fiction” you read here and there. These are the words Johnny Depp used to defend his reputation during the press conference of Jeanne du Barry. Even if he doesn’t have too many illusions about his professional future: “I would have had to be in a coma not to notice that I was boycotted in Hollywood. I don’t notice it anymore, because I don’t think about Hollywood anymore. After climbing the stairs, Johnny Depp admits that he did not stay in the room during the screening of Jeanne du Barry, which does not prevent him from defending the film. “My partners told me good things about it, and I trust them. “Smiling, the actor also explained why he had tried to speak strong French in the film: “I couldn’t use expressions like “have your ass lined with noodles” to embody the king. »

The controversy of the day: who wants the skin of African cinema?

“Very few African films are distributed correctly (…) it’s a lot of contempt. We simply don’t want to put filmmakers from Africa and those from the West on the same level. Speaking to AFP, Malian Souleymane Cissé, 83, especially regretted that African cinema had only been rewarded with a single Palme d’Or (Chronicle of the Ember Years by the Algerian Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, in 1975) is surely right on the merits, but the controversy that his message seemed to want to launch will not last, at least this year. The African selection has never been as flourishing as this year with six films in the official selection, including two in competition. And more generally, in recent years, we remember at least two great successes: Atlantic of the Franco-Senegalese Mati Diop, Grand Jury Prize in 2019 and Timbuktu by the Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako, certainly forgotten by the prize list in 2014 but rewarded with great public success and numerous Césars.

Photo of the day: A real bond

Pedro Almodovar and Ethan Hawke at the photocall of his medium-length film “Extraña Forma de Vida”.
Pedro Almodovar and Ethan Hawke at the photocall of his medium-length film “Extraña Forma de Vida”. – Scott Garfitt/AP

Number of the day: 60 (years)

It’s the age of Contempt, a timeless masterpiece by Jean-Luc Godard adapted from the eponymous novel by Alberto Moravia and presented this Wednesday afternoon in the Cannes Classics section. The poster, which will accompany the release of the film on May 24 in a restored copy, refers to the most famous of the scenes in the film between Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli. “Do you think my buttocks are pretty… and my breasts, do you like them?” A scene imagined and shot by Godard for the sole purpose of meeting the demands of his American producers who wanted to see Bardot naked.

The indiscretion of the day: the color of the Martinez dog

If there is one emblematic palace in Cannes, it is the Martinez, whose beach once served as the setting for the Canal+ program Nowhere else. Gilles Pozzo, its chief concierge, has no shortage of anecdotes about the craziest requests that have been made to him and that he did not hesitate to entrust to us. “A few years ago, a lady asked me: ‘Gilles, I have a yellow dress and, for fun, I would like to know if we can dye my dog ​​yellow so that I can take him to school. evening,” he told 20 Minutes. I addressed myself to whom it may concern. I didn’t want him to suffer from it and we were able to actually have him dyed. The result pleased the client so much (probably less so for animal rights activists) that the little ball of hair changed color “seven to eight times” during the fortnight.

To be continued tomorrow: Indiana “Croisette” Jones

Harrison Ford arrives on the Croisette with the fifth opus ofIndiana Jones, directed by James Mangold. Set in 1969, Indiana Jones teams up with his niece Helena to find the Dial of Destiny that gives the film its title and battles former Nazis against the backdrop of the Cold War and the conquest of space. Release of the film on June 28.

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