Cannes Film Fest 2024: Moi Aussi (“Me Too”), Opening Certain Regard Series

French actress Judith Godrèche attends the International Women’s Day, Paris City Hall on March 8, 2024. Godrèche’s short film “Moi Aussi” will appear at the 77th Cannes Fest (AP Photo/Lewis Joly, File)

Though much of the French film industry has been reluctant to embrace the #MeToo movement, Godrèche has stoked wider response. She’s spoken passionately about the need for changes at the Cesars, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, and before a French Senate Commission.

Godrèche also made the short film “Moi Aussi” during a Paris gathering of hundreds who wrote her with their own stories of sexual abuse. On Wednesday, it opens Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section.

“I hope that I’m heard in the sense that I’m not interested in being some sort of representation of someone who just wants to go after everyone in this industry,” Godrèche said. “I’m just fighting for some sort of change. It is called a revolution.”

FILE – The Promenade de la Croisette appears prior to the 74th international film festival, Cannes, in southern France, on July 5, 2021. The 77th annual Cannes Film Festival begins on May 14. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)© Provided by The Associated Press

It’s the latest chapter in how #MeToo at the world’s largest film gathering, following 82-woman protest on the steps of the Palais in 2018 and gender parity pledge in 2019.

Cannes has often come under criticism for not inviting more female filmmakers into competition.

But this year, the festival is putting its full support behind Godrèche and there may be more #MeToo revelations during the event.

“For me, having these faces, these people — everyone in this movie — gives them this place to be celebrated,” said Godrèche. “There’s this thing about this place that has so much history. In a way, it mystifies movies forever. Once your film was in Cannes, it was in Cannes.”

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