Cannes Film Festival kicks off with Zelensky’s appeal to world cinema

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The Cannes Film Festival kicked off on Tuesday with a red carpet crowd, a star-studded ceremony and a call from Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky for the film world to speak out against the war in his country. .

“We need a new (Charlie) Chaplin to prove that cinema today is not silent,” Zelensky said, referring to Charlie Chaplin’s satire of Adolf Hitler at the start of World War II in 1939.

“We have to be victorious. We need the cinema to ensure that ending, that every time it is on the side of freedom,” the Ukrainian leader said via live video from Kiev during the opening ceremony of the festival, marking a political point in the festive proceedings.

Event organizers rolled out the red carpet earlier in the day, as movie stars and representatives gathered for the 75th anniversary event, bringing back the buzz and glamor to the French Riviera resort town, as well as discussions about the role of cinema. during times of conflict.

The festival kicked off with the screening of the zombie film “Coupez!” by Michel Hazanavicius, who joined cast members Bérénice Bejo and Romain Duris on the red carpet.

At the opening ceremony, festival president Pierre Lescure presented Forest Whitaker with an honorary Palme d’Or for Lifetime Achievements, drawing a standing ovation.

“An honorary Palm for the artist, filmmaker, UNESCO ambassador, simply, a citizen of the world,” said Lescure.

Source: CNN Brasil

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