The 2023 Cannes Film Festival debuted with the premiere of Maïwenn’s new film, Jeanne du Barry, which also marks the return of Johnny Depp to the movie industry. Critics have already provided their initial reviews, however, the film is bound in a controversy that has been present due to a statement from a French journalist who accuses the director of being anti-#MeToo.
Maïwenn is known for her bold and provocative approach to filmmaking and has become an influential figure in French cinema throughout her career. Jeanne du Barry is a testament to this, and her selection as the director to open the Cannes festival this year is a declaration of intent on the part of the event’s directors.
The controversy surrounding the film arose due to Maïwenn’s alleged aggressive behaviour with a French political journalist who accused her of being anti-#MeToo. In response to this accusation, Maïwenn declared that she assaulted him and plans to talk about it later.
The #MeToo movement, launched in October 2017 in response to allegations of sexual assault and abuse by film producer Harvey Weinstein, seeks to raise awareness about violence and sexual harassment and promote a cultural and systemic change that eradicates tolerance and impunity in cases of sexual violence.
While the public eagerly awaits the release of Jeanne du Barry, a film in which Depp portrays Louis XV, his past domestic violence allegations made by his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, continue to haunt him. Despite winning the lawsuit against Heard in the summer of 2022, the actor’s reputation remains tarnished. However, there is no news about the release date of Jeanne du Barry in Mexico and the rest of Latin America.
As the controversy surrounding the film continues, critics and audiences alike will be eager to see how they will respond to Jeanne du Barry’s open representation at the Cannes festival.