The American director Spike Lee, who presides over the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, said today that the world is “ruled by bandits” and gave as examples the Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro and the Russian Vladimir Putin.
Spike Lee, the first black to preside over the Cannes jury, was speaking at the French festival’s opening press conference, flanked by the other judges of the official selection for the 74th edition, including Brazilian director Kleber Medonça Filho.
In the short speech, Spike Lee lamented that racist attacks or attacks against the LGBTQI+ community are perpetuated, stressing that “the world is run by bandits”.
“They have no morals, they have no scruples. It is the world we live in and we must continue to denounce bandits like them,” he said, nominating the presidents of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, and of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
By the way, Bolsonaro’s government was addressed in the press round by Kleber Mendonça Filho, who criticized the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil and lamented the “contempt for Culture”.
“The Cinemateca do Brasil has been closed for over a year, all technicians and specialists have been fired. When people outside Brazil ask me how they can help, I tell them that it is by writing about it, talking about it”, said Kleber Mendonça Filho.
In 2016, when he presented the film “Aquarius”, Kleber Mendonça Filho starred in a political moment on the red carpet in Cannes, wearing posters criticizing the process of dismissing the then president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff.
The official selection jury also includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Jessica Hausner, Mati Diop, Myléne Farmer, Tahar Rahim and Kang Ho Song.
The Cannes Film Festival began today with the premiere of Leos Carax’s “Annette”, a musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard and with music by the Sparks.
Today, North American actress and director Jodie Foster was also awarded her career Palme d’Or.
In the official short-film competition is the film “Noite Turva”, by Portuguese director Diogo Salgado.
At the Quinzena dos Realizadores, one of the parallel sections of Cannes, will be “Diários de Otsoga”, by Maureen Fazendeiro and Miguel Gomes.