The 2016 Cannes Film Festival, May 11-22, 2016, was full of glitz and glamor. Yet there was one big issue, and that was with Woody Allen’s newest film. The reason was not with the film but the allegations against Allen and his daughter Dylan, which was that Allen molested her as a young child. Cannes Film Festival played his movie despite the allegations.
Whether or not this true is not the question. Should the fans continue to purchase tickets to watch his film? “The Sante Fe New Mexican” stated that once allegations of Bill Cosby raping over 60 women throughout the years reruns of his show were taken off numerous channels. The industry almost immediately wrote him off. What makes Allen any different? Should the industry boycott his films? The Cannes Film Festival is not taking a stand and not supporting women and children when they say that they were sexually assaulted.
ThinkProgress.com addressed allegations against Allen and why he seems to be so popular, even to this day, is because he has always been known as the weirdo of the industry. Whereas, Cosby’s allegations seemed to hit viewers of the “Cosby Show” harder it was more personal so it was easier to write-off Cosby.
The decision that the film festival made to air Allen’s film, as planned, sparked controversy within the industry. The Daily Beast states that the Cannes Film Festival is known for seeking controversy. Regardless of whether or not that statement is true, is not the issue. The film festival chose to show Allen’s film because of his talent, not to feed into gossip and allegations.
Some might say the festival’s choice to show the film despite the allegations against Allen was bold. There will always be a question of whether or not to show his latest film or any other movie Allen makes.
Despite the uproar of Allen’s allegations, the Cannes Film Festival appeared to be free of problems. The only thing that was mentioned on the subject was when Allen’s film was introduced. Laurent Lafitte made a joke about the allegations. In response, Allen said that the host was allowed to make any jokes he wanted he was not going to stop or censor Lafitte, he also said that he was not offended according to “Variety.”
Throughout the years, there have been many winners that have won the award Palme d’Or they are as follows:
- “Brief Encounter” (1946),
- “The Wages of Fear” (1953),
- “La Dolche Vita” (1960),
- “The Leopard” (1963),
- “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (1964),
- “Blow up” (1967),
- “The Conversation” (1974),
- “Taxi Driver” (1976),
- “Apocalypse Now” (1979),
- “All That Jazz” (1980),
- “Paris, Texas” (1984),
- “Sex, Lies, and Videotape”(1989),
- “Wild at Heart” (1990),
- “Barton Flink” (1991),
- “Pulp Fiction” (1994),
- “Tastes of Cherry” (1997),
- “Dancer in the Dark”(2000),
- “Elephant” (2003),
- “Four Months, Three Weeks, and Two Days (2007),
- “The Tree of Life” (2011),
- “Amour” (2012),
- “Party Girl” (2014),
- “Dheepan” (2015).
The major contenders this year are “American Honey,” “Fulieta,” “The Neon Demon,” “La Fille Inconnue,” “I, Daniel Blake and Loving,” “Midnight Special.”
The Cannes Festival Catagories are as follows:
- Competiton: these 20 films in the running for the Palme d’Or,
- Uncertain Regard: these movies show experimental techniques,
- Out of Competition: these movies do not compete for the Palme d’Or but are still recognized,
- Special Screening: these films are shown in a special environment, Cinefondation shots and medium-lengths exclusively from film students worldwide.
By Brandy Combs
Edited by Cathy Milne
Independent: Canes 2016 Date, Main contenders and the story behind the Palme d’Or
The Sante Fe New Mexican: To Watch Or Not To Watch A Woody Allen Film
ThinkPress.com: Why Bill Cosby Gets Shunned And Woody Allen Gets A TV Deal
The Daily Beast: Woody Allen And The Cannes Effect
Variety: Woody Allen Responds to Rape Joke
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