Cannes Film Fest 2021: Cannes Director Accused of Throwing Cell Phone at French Actor Judith Chemla, Casting a Shadow Over Premiere 

Judith Chemla
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Chemla filed a complaint on July 4 against Yohan Manca, the director of Mes freres et moi, who is her boyfriend.  The alleged assault took place on July 3 in the street near Theatre du Rond-Point in Paris.

Chemla is alleging Manca, with whom she has a daughter, of throwing a cell at her face. The couple was having an argument and Manca became violent.

Manca has also canceled plans to attend the premiere; he’s now in Paris watching over his daughter, while Chemla is at the Avignon Festival where she will deliver musical performance onstage on July 13. She had initially planned to stop by Cannes for a few hours for the film premiere between rehearsals.

Chemla filed a complaint on July 4 at the police station in the 10th district.

Chemla is best known for her roles in Stephane Brize’s A Woman’s Life and Noémie Lvovsky’s Camille Rewinds.

Rumors of the alleged attack have been swirling at Cannes for days, as news of Chemla’s absence made its way along the Croisette.

She is the best-known actor in the cast of Mes freres et moi, which revolves around a teenage boy who is growing up in a housing project in the south of France with his four brothers and their ailing mother in a coma.

The film marks the feature debut for Manca, who is also an actor.