The Cannes pageant begins with the accusation of 9 ladies in opposition to a French producer and a manifesto in opposition to sexual violence | Culture | EUROtoday

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Nine ladies, most anonymously, accuse producer Alain Sarde, one of the crucial famend in French cinema, of raping or sexually assaulting them once they have been minors or younger actresses, in a report revealed within the journal Elle. The occasions reported principally date again to the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, and, in line with the publication, they weren’t reported on the time. The publication of the article coincides with the opening of the Cannes pageant, crucial within the European trade, confirming the rumors that in latest days have predicted an offensive in opposition to abuses coinciding with the beginning of the occasion. Also making the most of the date, 100 French cultural personalities declare in an opinion article within the newspaper The world a complete legislation in opposition to sexual violence in France. Among the signatories are the actresses Isabelle Adjani, Emmanuelle Béart or Juliette Binoche and the writers Leïla Slimani, Christine Angot or Vanessa Springora.

An actress “from television series” from the nineties and the primary decade of the twenty first century confesses underneath the fictional title of Elsa how Sarde, now 72 years previous, raped her when she was 15 years previous, in 1985, underneath the pretext of knowledgeable assembly for a task in his non-public condo in Paris. The producer confirmed him round her home till he reached her bed room, open to the lounge. “I immediately wanted to leave… But suddenly she pushed me onto the bed and jumped on me. I remember very well her lips, her disgusting mouth. He was ugly, despite her well-manicured hands. It was brutal! I still feel the pressure of her body on mine. She held me down and raped me,” Elsa claims.

Other ladies report rape, tried rape and even tried pimping. Actress Annelise Hesme additionally accuses him of this. In 1997, on the age of 20, proper firstly of her profession, she met Alain Sarde within the places of work of his manufacturing firm. The producer, who was 45 years previous on the time, didn’t provide him a task, however a job like escort [acompañante]”. “I organize dinners with actors, directors, distributors […]. And they like to have pretty women with wit at their table, like you. Of course, it is paid, and if there is one in the lot that you like, you are free to earn more money at night…”, he says the producer whispered to him. Hesme has appeared in movies akin to Alexander the Great, A luxurious deception o Vacation with out mother.

Actress Annelise Hesme, at the Series Mania festival in Paris in 2022.
Actress Annelise Hesme, on the Series Mania pageant in Paris in 2022.Marc Piasecki (WireImage/Getty Images)

The performers or aspiring actresses, a few of whom say they suffered abrupt stops of their careers or didn’t obtain help from their brokers once they confided in them, describe a mode of operation very comparable: invites to the producer's home, makes an attempt at seduction, presents and assaults. Forced fellatio, sexual assault and rape are linked within the testimonies.

In the journal Elle, The producer's lawyer, Jacqueline Laffont, denies these “false accusations,” which attribute to him “behavior that he disapproves of and that is totally foreign to him. [Alain Sarde] he refutes them with the utmost firmness and affirms that he has never used the slightest violence or coercion in his relationships with women whose consent has always been essential to him.” Contacted by the AFP company this Tuesday after the publication of the report, Laffont didn’t reply.

Alain Sarde, in 2014, at the closing of the Cannes festival.
Alain Sarde, in 2014, on the closing of the Cannes pageant.VILLARD/NIVIERE/SIPA (VILLARD/NIVIERE/SIPA / Cordon Press)

Sarde had already been accused of “rape” in July 1997 in a luxurious pimping case involving political, inventive and sporting figures in France and overseas. The producer was accused by two ladies who accused him of raping them throughout conferences organized by photographer Jean-Pierre Bourgeois, who was lastly convicted in 1999 of aggravated pimping. Sarde's case was dismissed.

Alain Sarde, after greater than 200 movies in a profession that started in 1979, stopped making movies in 2014. He has produced movies by Jean-Kuc Godard (I greet you, María, Goodbye to language, Film socialisme), Roman Polanski (The Chimerical Tenant, The Writer, The Pianist, Venus in Fur, Moon of Ice), André Techiné, Bertrand Tavernier, Jacques Doillon, Nicole Garcia, François Ozon, Daniel Auteuil or David Lynch, al que produjo Mulholland Drive.

Comprehensive legislation in opposition to sexual violence

In the article revealed in The world, 100 personalities be part of the petition for a legislation in opposition to sexual violence, a petition initiated by the Women's Foundation, #Metoomédia and actress Anna Mouglalis. “We are 100, but in reality we are hundreds of thousands,” reads the textual content of the article, accompanied by “Our speeches have revealed in #MeToo a reality mired in denial: sexist and sexual violence is systemic, not exceptional. However […]”Who really listens to us?” they explain. Among the signatories are the actresses Isabelle Adjani, Charlotte Arnould, Emmanuelle Béart, Juliette Binoche, Judith Godrèche and Isild Le Besco (both reported assaults), the writers Leïla Slimani, Christine Angot and Vanessa Springora and the actor Philippe Torreton. “For seven years, we have been speaking for ourselves and for all the women, men and children who cannot do so”, they write. “We are not numbers: women and men from all professional fields, we come together to demand a comprehensive law against sexual and gender violence, ambitious and equipped with resources. Because despite the bravery of the victims, impunity is growing.”

The request for the legislation additionally comes from that the dismissal of complaints of sexual violence “will reach the delirious rate of 94% in 2022” and the signatories warn that they now not settle for “the effects of untracked ads.” In Cannes, a number of the filmmakers who signal the manifesto will likely be current on the opening or within the following days of the competition. Judith Godrèche will premiere on Wednesday, on the opening of the part A sure look, a 17-minute brief movie titled Me too, filmed in someday and constructed on the greater than 6,000 testimonies obtained from different victims because the second the filmmaker made public the assaults suffered in her youth. The actress and filmmaker has already managed to get the French Assembly to create a fee of investigation into assaults within the audiovisual trade, after denouncing two administrators, Jacques Doillon and Benoît Jacquot, for alleged rape.

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