“Silence has been my driving force for thirty years,” proclaims Judith Godrèche on stage | EUROtoday

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QFour years after Adèle Haenel's protest, the Académie des César caught up with a rebound within the MeToo motion. Authorized to talk – the improvised interventions weren’t broadcast – Judith Godrèche, on the origin of a brand new wave of testimonies towards sexist and sexual violence in French cinema, was capable of communicate this Friday night on the stage of the Palais de l'Olympia, in the midst of the ceremony. The night opened with the phrases of President Valérie Lemercier, who welcomed the top of a “very old world”, “the place the our bodies of some folks belonged to others. »

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“For some time I have been talking, I have been talking, but I cannot hear you”

The actress was greeted with a bathe of applause and a standing ovation. “For some time now, speech has been loosened, the image of our idealized fathers is being tarnished, power seems almost to be swaying,” first underlined the actress, her voice trembling, who mentioned she had solely identified “the cinema “. And to challenge the audience: “Could it be possible that we could face the truth? Take our responsibilities? […] For some time now, I have been talking, I have been talking, but I cannot hear you.”

“To believe yourself, you still have to be believed,” argued the actress, evoking her personal liberation, emphasizing: “Silence has been my driving force for thirty years.” And to encourage her sisters to observe her: “Let's not play heroines on screen only to find ourselves hidden in real life”. Very moved, Judith Godrèche concluded with combative phrases: “You have to be wary of little girls, they touch the bottom of the pool […] but they bounce back. » And to use the formula of traditional tales: “It was that this time, it will not happen like that, not like the other times. »

A context punctuated by tensions

After the scandal of the accusations made against Gérard Depardieu, indicted for rape, then the complaint filed by Judith Godrèche against the directors Jacques Doillon and Benoît Jacquot, – whom she accuses of having raped her when she was 14, the age where she claims to have entered into a relationship of control with the filmmaker –, the 49e French seventh art awards ceremony did not escape this new liberation of the words of actresses – and actors.

The kick-off of this edition had not been given, when around a hundred demonstrators had gathered in front of the Parisian performance hall, including Anna Mouglalis, who joined the denunciations of her colleagues, and the general secretary of the CGT Sophie Binet. On this occasion, Melvil Poupaud, nominated in the Best Actor category, considered it “important” that the ground be freed. A number of hours earlier, the Minister of Culture, Rachida Dati, had highlighted a “collective blindness” which “lasted for years” concerning violence towards girls, and specifically towards younger actresses within the business.