Thierry Fremaux, the creative director of the Cannes Movie Competition, defended the choice to offer controversial actor Alain Delon an honorary Palme d’Or, throughout a generally testy press convention on Monday.
“We’re not giving Alain Delon the Nobel Peace Prize,” a visibly annoyed Fremaux mentioned, drawing some laughter.
The transfer to acknowledge Delon, the star of “Le Samouraï” and “The Leopard,” has been criticized by girls’s rights advocates equivalent to Girls and Hollywood founder Melissa Silverstein. They object to feedback that Delon made through which he admitted to slapping girls, opposed the adoption of kids by same-sex mother and father, and expressed sympathy with far proper politicians.
Regardless of the actor’s many controversies, Fremaux burdened that the competition was “honoring Delon as an artist” and was “paying tribute to his accomplishments within the movie trade which don’t have anything to do together with his political views or his friendship with (Far Proper founder) Jean-Marie Lepen.”
“Delon is free to have these opinions even when I don’t share them,” mentioned Fremaux, including that the competition was occupied with selling freedom of expression. He additionally mentioned Delon’s feedback on the French Far Proper motion paled compared to President Donald Trump’s calls to crack down on unlawful immigration and his nativist insurance policies.
When instructed that there was an American petition to cease Delon from being honored at Cannes, Frémaux quipped that there must be extra petitions within the U.S. for local weather change, noting that Trump has expressed skepticism about international warming.
Fremaux additionally addressed criticism that the competition’s competitors solely had 4 movies directed by girls. He mentioned that the under-representation of girls administrators within the movie trade is a bigger challenge which mustn’t solely be mentioned every year throughout the competition. He mentioned that when the competition signed a gender parity pledge final yr, nobody – not even the advocacy group 50/50 for 2020 — anticipated Cannes to have an equal variety of feminine and male administrators vying in its official choice. Regardless of that, Cannes does have a document 15 movies helmed by girls administrators on the competition.