Cannes artistic director discusses political bent of film festival

Cannes artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, discussed the political bent of the festival this year.
By Billy Kirk | Apr 13, 2017
Cannes artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, discussed the political bent of the festival this year.

Fremaux spoke withtheHollywood Reporter about the lack of Hollywood films in the 2017 iteration of the French film festival. The official program of the festival was revealed on Thursday morning and many people pointed out the number of political films both in competition and just on exhibit.

"Yes and no, " admitted Fremaux. "It's not a statement, it's because the movies we saw and the movies we picked up have this kind of content. But it's not a statement from us to be very political. Pablo Picasso who is one of the greatest inventors of form, one day he put his opinion on a canvas and that is Guernica. Sometimes artists want to talk about the world and what is going on around them. We have stories that reflect that."

Fremaux also spoke about U.S. President Donald Trump. Cannes President, Pierre Lescure had already mentioned in interviews the uncertain times the world was in and how it may be reflective of a Trump presidency.

"I mentioned Donald Trump because it is the theme of a film," explained Fremaux. "It's not a judgment about Donald Trump but it's a judgment about what is going on in the world. Not only American but we have the same questions in Europe. I'm not going to give you a personal opinion about Trump, first because no one cares about my opinion, but because it's not about him. The world is full of several subject matters."

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