Cannes removes naked protesters against rape in Ukraine war

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The Cannes Film Festival removed an activist from George Miller’s red carpet premiere on Friday Three thousand years of longing. Apparently, the unidentified activist protested against sexual violence against women in Ukraine during the ongoing war with Russia. Corresponding First hand reportsShe jumped onto the carpet, stripped naked and started screaming in front of photographers on her knees. The activist was covered in body paint depicting the Ukrainian flag on her chest along with the phrase “stop raping us”. The protester also had the word SCUM written on her back along with red paint resembling blood on her stomach and thighs. Cannes security then rushed the protesters and removed her from the red carpet. Journalist Kyle Buchanan filmed the incident and was prevented from filming by security. The activist appears to belong to the French activist group SCUM, which released a statement on Twitter. Festival-goers and onlookers were unimpressed by videos and photos of the incident. Vulture has reached out to the festival for comment.

This year’s festival comes amid calls to boycott Russian films in solidarity with Ukraine. In a compromise with Russian filmmakers and boycott callers, the festival agreed to ban official Russian state delegations and individuals associated with Putin, while allowing Russian filmmakers to participate. Defending the decision last month, Cannes Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux said: “We don’t give in to political correctness, we don’t give in to cultural boycott. We’re going on a case-by-case basis.”

Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov returned to the Palais for the first time since 2016 with his new film Tchaikovsky’s wife. However, at a press conference on May 19, he was embroiled in controversy over his film’s financial ties to Russian-Israeli oligarch Roman Abramovich. “I fully understand the people calling for a boycott,” Serebrennikov told the press. “I understand them because they’re so tormented, so hurt by what’s happening in the country.” Although he called the war in Ukraine a “total disaster,” he believes that “we shouldn’t boycott the language, we should Don’t boycott Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Tchaikovsky, deny people music, theater and cinema. On the contrary, that is what makes people feel alive.”

Serebrennikov’s film was funded by Abramovich’s Kinoprime film fund. At Thursday’s press conference, the director noted that the Russian-Israeli oligarch has recently been sanctioned by Britain and others for his alleged links to Vladimir Putin, although Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, according to a diversity Report. Cannes removes naked protesters against rape in Ukraine war

Lindsay Lowe

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