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Kering and the Festival de Cannes will present the 2022 Women In Motion Award to actress and producer Viola Davis

Kering And The Festival De Cannes Will Present The 2022 Women In Motion Award To Actress And Producer Viola Davis
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François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kering, Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes and Thierry Frémaux, Executive Director of the Festival de Cannes, will present the award during the official Women In Motion dinner in Cannes on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Viola Davis, known throughout the world for her acting roles and her commitment to the rights of women and minorities, is one of the most influential American actresses and producers of her time.
Her talent, hard work, choice of roles and the way she interprets them have earned her the very highest recognitions in the film industry. Viola Davis is one of the few Hollywood personalities to have won a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, four SAG Awards, and what Hollywood calls the Triple Crown of Acting: two Tony Awards, an Oscar and an Emmy, for her roles in the stage play King Hedley II, Fences and its remarkable film adaptation, and the TV series How to Get Away with Murder. This astonishing record also makes her the only African American actress to have received so many nominations and awards for her roles in theater, television and film.

A committed activist, Viola Davis has regularly called for greater inclusion in the film industry and campaigned for gender equality. In January 2018, she took part in a Women’s March that included female politicians, women in the film industry and feminists, along with members of the public. In a passionate address to the crowd, she said: “I am speaking today not just for the #MeToos, because I was a #MeToo. But when I raise my hand, I am aware of all the women who are still in silence. The women who are faceless. The women who don’t have the money, and don’t have the Constitution, and who don’t have the confidence, and who don’t have the images in our media that gives them a sense of self-worth enough to break their silence that’s rooted in the shame of assault, that’s rooted in the stigma of assault.” Her emotional speech drew on her personal experience of trauma, poverty and her many struggles in life, along with her incredible resilience. Broadcast on every TV channel, and followed and shared on social media networks, this powerful speech was a source of encouragement, both in the way she spoke and her sense of empathy, for everyone to speak up.

Viola Davis also called out the blatant lack of diversity in the film industry, whether in production, writing or directing, which remains a very powerful brake on equality. Another speech to make its mark on Hollywood and the rest of the world came in 2015, as she received her Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in How to Get Away with Murder. After quoting Harriet Tubman, she told the audience: “The one thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity… you cannot win an Emmy for roles that simply aren’t there.” She was the first African American to win the award.

This lack of diversity in the industry led her to create her own production company, JuVee Productions, with her husband Julius Tennon. The move enabled her to develop many stories and roles that would not have existed otherwise.

In addition to her fight for the rights of women and minorities, Viola Davis also combats the effects of poverty, particularly through her involvement since 2014 with the campaign against undernutrition Hunger Is, and the No Kid Hungry campaign, of which she is a spokesperson since 2020. She plays an active part in many fundraising events, helping schools in the state of Rhode Island where she grew up.

Viola Davis has just published her autobiography, Finding Me. The book immediately became a #1 New York Times bestseller. Finding Me is an intensely personal account, written during lockdown, that reveals her childhood in an underprivileged environment, growing up with what would seem were insurmountable odds. Viola Davis describes what she saw and experienced during her childhood and youth, highlighting the harassment and abuse faced by the most disadvantaged people in society. She also provides a glimpse of how to find your own path in life, embracing your past.
Kering and the Festival de Cannes wish to recognize her activism and achievements by presenting her with the Women In Motion Award. Since its launch in 2015, the program has been rewarding and highlighting women’s creativity and unique contribution to culture and the arts, and their role in helping to transform our vision of the world through their work.
The Women In Motion Awards at Cannes have honored the careers and commitment of iconic women in the film world: Jane Fonda in 2015, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in 2016, Isabelle Huppert in 2017, Patty Jenkins in 2018, Gong Li in 2019 and Salma Hayek in 2021.

For the past eight years, Women In Motion has been a platform of choice that contributes to changing mind sets and thinking on the place of women – and the recognition they receive – in the arts and culture.

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The Festival de Cannes demands the immediate release of filmmakers Mohammad Rasoulof, Mostafa Aleahmad and Jafar Panahi

The Festival De Cannes Demands The Immediate Release Of Filmmakers Mohammad Rasoulof, Mostafa Aleahmad And Jafar Panahi

On Friday, July 8, 2022, Iranian filmmakers Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Aleahmad were arrested and imprisoned at an unknown location for protesting against violence against civilians in Iran. Mohammad Rasoulof had already been deprived of his freedom of movement and work since 2017, following the screening of his film A Man of Integrity, which won the Un Certain Regard Award at the 70th edition of the Festival de Cannes. His films Manuscripts Don’t Burn, which won the Fipresci Prize in 2013 and Goodbye, which won the Best Director Prize at Un Certain Regard in 2011, had also been screened in Cannes. He had subsequently won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Festival in 2020 with There is No Evil.
Today, on Monday, July 11, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was also arrested in Tehran. The director presented numerous works at Cannes, including Three Faces, which was selected in Competition in 2018 and awarded the Prize for Best Screenplay, as well as Crimson Gold, which won the Jury Prize at Un Certain Regard in 2003. Jafar Panahi also won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2015 for his film Taxi.

The Festival de Cannes strongly condemns these arrests as well as the wave of repression obviously in progress in Iran against its artists. The Festival calls for the immediate release of Mohammad Rasoulof, Mostafa Aleahmad and Jafar Panahi.
The Festival de Cannes also wishes to reassert its support to all those who, throughout the world, are subjected to violence and repression. The Festival remains and will always remain a haven for artists from all over the world and it will relentlessly be at their service in order to convey their voices loud and clear, in the defense of freedom of creation and freedom of speech.

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The Amfar Gala at Cannes was the Largest Gathering of A-list Celebrities in Europe

The Amfar Gala At Cannes Was The Largest Gathering Of A List Celebrities In Europe

The 2022 edition of the amfAR Gala at Cannes Film Festival returned to its big star power showcase with Carine Roitfeld’s Fashion Showcase and host Robert De Niro. Held at the 5 Star Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, amfAR Gala Cannes closed off twelve days worth of film premieres and red carpets that excited the post pandemic filmmaking world with Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis and Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick. Cannes’s amfAR Gala annually takes the prize for the most glamorous and star studded event during Cannes Film Festival.

The Amfar Gala At Cannes Was The Largest Gathering Celebrities In Europe

This year, Robert De Niro was honored; Ricky Martin, Charlie XCX, and Christina Aguilera performed; and the guest list was as long and spectacular as the designer gowns and tuxedos worn by the VIP guests.

Among the Gala VIPs were Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Casey Affleck, Eva Longoria, Ciara, Vanessa Hudgens, Baz Luhrmann, Cynthia Erivo, Zoey Deutch, Lakeith Stanfield, Tommy Hilfiger, Edgar Ramirez, Alton Mason, Natasha Bassett, Alina Baikova, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Milla Jovovich, Candice Swanepoel, Cara Delevingne, Coco Rocha, Stella Maxwell, Winnie Harlow, Sean White, Lawrence Bender, Julian Lennon, Zita Vass, CJ Franco, Lady Victoria Hervey, Hofit Golan and scores more.

The Amfar Gala At Cannes Was The Largest Celebrities In Europe

LA Fashion PR was in its 9th year dressing stars for the red carpet with designers Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Schiaparelli, Marli Dresses of Monaco, Matsouri of Berlin, Di&G NYC and BLESS of LA – who were represented on the fabulous amfAR carpet.

The Amfar Gala

 

Photojournalist: Gene Chang

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The 75th Cannes film festival winners’ list

Jury And Award Winners – Closing Ceremony 2022
Jury and Award Winners – Closing Ceremony 2022 © Valery Hache / AFP

After 11 days of an exceptional edition, the Jury of the 75th Cannes film festival, chaired by French actor Vincent Lindon, surrounded by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, British-American actress and director Rebecca Hall, French director Ladj Ly, American director Jeff Nichols, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Norwegian director Joachim Trier and Italian actress and director Jasmine Trinca, presented its winners’ list among the 21 films presented in Competition this year.

Feature Films

Palme d’or

TRIANGLE OF SADNESS directed by Ruben ÖSTLUND

 

Grand Prix (jointly awarded)

CLOSE directed by Lukas DHONT

 

 

 STARS AT NOON directed by Claire DENIS

 


Award for Best Director

PARK Chan-Wook for HEOJIL KYOLSHIM (DECISION TO LEAVE)

Award for Best Screenplay

Tarik SALEH for WALAD MIN AL JANNA (BOY FROM HEAVEN)

Jury Prize (jointly awarded)

EO  directed by Jerzy SKOLIMOWSKI

LE OTTO MONTAGNE (THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS) directed by Charlotte VANDERMEERSCH & Felix VAN GROENINGEN

 

 

75th anniversary Prize

TORI ET LOKITA (TORI AND LOKITA) directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc DARDENNE

 


Award for Best Actress

Zar AMIR EBRAHIMI in HOLY SPIDER

directed by Ali ABBASI


Award for Best Actor

SONG Kang-ho in BROKER

directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu

Short Films

Palme d’or

HAI BIAN SHENG QI YI ZUO XUAN YA (THE WATER MURMURS) directed by JIANYING CHEN

 

 

Special Mention

LORI (MELANCHOLY OF MY MOTHER’S LULLABIES) directed by Abinash Bikram SHAH

 

Un Certain Regard

Un Certain Regard Prize

LES PIRES (THE WORST ONES) directed by Lise AKOKA & Romane GUERET

 Jury Prize

JOYLAND directed by Saim SADIQ

Best Director Prize

Alexandru BELC for METRONOM

Best Performance Prize (jointly awarded)

Vicky KRIEPS in CORSAGE directed by Marie KREUTZER

Adam BESSA in HARKA directed by Lotfy NATHAN

Best Screenplay Prize

MEDITERRANEAN FEVER directed by Maha HAJ

« Coup de cœur » Prize

RODEO directed by Lola QUIVORON

 

Caméra d’or

WAR PONY directed by Riley KEOUGH and Gina GAMMELL,
presented as part of the UN CERTAIN REGARD Official Selection

Special Mention

PLAN 75 directed by HAYAKAWA Chie

 

La Cinef

First Prize

IL BARBIERE COMPLOTTISTA (A Conspiracy Man) directed by Valerio FERRARA

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italie

Second Prize

DI ER (Somewhere) directed by LI Jiahe

Hebei University of Science and Technology School of Film and Television, Chine

Joint Third Prize

GLORIOUS REVOLUTION directed by Masha NOVIKOVA

London Film School, Royaume Uni

 

 

LES HUMAINS SONT CONS QUAND ILS S’EMPILENT (Humans Are Dumber When Crammed up Together) directed by Laurène FERNANDEZ

La CinéFabrique, France

Higher Technical Commission (CST)

The CST jury has awarded the CST ARTIST-TECHNICIAN AWARD 2022 to the entire sound crew headed up by Andréas Franck, Bent Holm, Jacob Ilgner and Jonas Rudels for the film TRIANGLE OF SADNESS by Ruben Östlund and the CST Young Film Technician Award to Marion Burger, head set designer for the film UN PETIT FRÈRE (MOTHER AND SON) by Léonor Serraille.

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