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An ‘explosive’ list of abusive male movie figures could be unveiled at Cannes

The film festival’s organisers are reportedly ready with a crisis management team to handle any fallout. Cannes opens on Tuesday.

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UPDATED: 13 May 2024, 7:57 am

A secret list of 10 men in Europe’s movie industry who have allegedly abused women is expected to be revealed at the upcoming Cannes film festival, the Guardian reports. According to French media, organisers at Cannes have set up a crisis management team to respond to its accusations – which may result in films being dropped from the screening timetable.

The list is already believed to have been sent anonymously to the National Centre for Cinema in Paris, the arm of France’s Ministry of Culture responsible for producing and promoting cinema within the country.

The festival is also scheduled to screen a short film about abuse in the industry, made by actor Judith Godrèche. Godrèche is known as France’s “ambassador of #MeToo.” Earlier this year, the 52-year-old accused the directors Jacques Doillon and Benoît Jacquot of having raped her in the 1980s. Both men have denied her version of events.

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Godrèche’s film, Moi Aussi, combines personal accounts from many female victims of gender-based violence in the film industry.

Ironically, this year’s festival has been arranged to celebrate women, too. American actor Meryl Streep and British film director Andrea Arnold are set to receive major awards acknowledging their contributions to cinema. 

Streep will get an honorary Palme d’Or at the opening ceremony, while Arnold will receive the prestigious Carrosse d’Or from the French director’s guild. The 77th Cannes Film Festival, one of the most prestigious of its kind, kicks off tomorrow and runs until May 25.

UPDATED: 13 May 2024, 7:57 am

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