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Black smoke on Cannes’ Red carpet; Cry against domestic violence

The protests have grabbed headlines at the festival, which hosts some of the world's leading filmmakers and actors.

The ongoing 75th Cannes Film Festival witnessed yet another disruption yesterday when a group of protestors stormed into the Red carpet.

Women dressed in black released fumes of black smoke and displayed a long banner corresponding to the 129 women killed by men in France in cases of domestic violence, since the last time the festival was held.

Sunday’s protest came before the screening of Holy Spider, which was described by Hollywood website Deadline as a feminist thriller about a woman who tracks down a man killing prostitutes.

It may be mentioned here that this is the second time, in just a matter of days, that a protest has been staged.

Meanwhile, on Friday, a topless protester with blue and yellow paint across her chest and stomach ran onto the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival protesting sexual violence in Ukraine.

At the premiere of Three Thousand Years of Longing on Friday, a woman took off her clothes to reveal the message “stop raping us” on her body next to the colours of the Ukraine flag, with red paint on her underwear.

The protests have grabbed headlines at the festival, which hosts some of the world’s leading filmmakers and actors.

This year’s event has seen screenings of films including Tom Cruise’s Top Gun sequel and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic.

First Published: 23rd May, 2022 18:42 IST



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