‘ Cuties ’: French Cinema Org UniFrance Condemns “Violent Reaction” To Netflix Film & Voices Support For Director Maimouna Doucouré
French cinema organization UniFrance, which is backed by the French government and represents hundreds of local producers, sales agents, directors and talent agents, has sent out a memo to industry…
Scroll downfor the message in full.UniFrance said today that it “offers itsfull support” to the director and the film’s French producers andnoted “the exceptionally violent reaction to the film in the United States, during a presidential election campaign in full swing…In this context, UniFrance and all of its members wish to pledge their full support to Maïmouna Doucouré and to reaffirm their commitment to supporting the freedom of artistic creation and expression.”
Related Story'Cuties' Pile-On Adds Ted Cruz, Laura Ingraham; Netflix Defends Film As "Social Commentary" - UpdateThe passionate defence continues: “Furthermore, we consider that the call to boycott the film and to have it removed from the Netflix catalogue, in addition to the hate messages, insults, and unfounded speculations about the intent of the director and her producers, pose a serious threat to the very space that cinema seeks to open up: a space of discussion, reflection, and of helping us to see beyond our own preconceived ideas.”
In adetailed talk with usearlier this month, filmmaker Doucouré revealed that she had received death threats following the backlash against Netflix’s poster design for her acclaimed Sundance film, a subtle coming-of-age story about a girl who joins a group of dancers in rebellion against her conservative upbringing.
The streamer quickly changed the artwork, which it acknowledged to be a marketing blunder, but not before outrage spread like wildfire online with many conflating the artwork and the film.In recent days, the drama has been caught up in apparent pre-election culture war skirmishes with several members of Congress weighing in on the French-language film, calling for its removal from Netflix or for a Justice Department investigation.
You can read UniFrance’s statement below:UniFrance, the association whose mission is to promote French cinema around the world, wishes to express on behalf of all of its members its full support for Maïmouna Doucouré, director of the filmCuties
, as well as her producer Zangro and the distribution team at Bac Films.Since the launch of Cuties at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received an enthusiastic response from audiences, the media, and American industry professionals alike, and where Doucouré won the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award, UniFrance has supported and closely monitored the film’s impressive international career. Also honored at the Berlinale with a Special Mention from the Generation Kplus jury and selected at the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York, Maïmouna Doucouré was named as one of the “10 French Talents to Watch” in 2020, a group of rising talents chosen for UniFrance by four international journalists, announced on September 11, 2020. In addition, Maïmouna Doucouré was granted the 2019 Academy Gold Fellowship for Women by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of a partnership established between France and the AMPAS some years ago. For the film’s release in France, it was authorized as suitable for all audiences.
Cuties offers a subtle and sophisticated denunciation of the hyper-sexualization of a young generation who translate and reproduce the images that inundate them in their daily lives, particularly via social media. Whether we are spectators, parents, teenagers, producers, or distributors, this film invites us to reflect on the power of these images and the complexity of the constant dialogue between young people and the generation of their parents. This film appeals to our sense of discernment, be that on an individual or a collective level, and calls on us to assume our responsibilities.
Over the past several weeks, we have been closely following the exceptionally violent reaction to the film in the United States, during a presidential election campaign in full swing. In this context, UniFrance and all of its members wish to pledge their full support to Maïmouna Doucouré and to reaffirm their commitment to supporting the freedom of artistic creation and expression. This is because one of the great strengths of cinema is its capacity to reach beyond borders and boundaries, and to offer a critical and constructive viewpoint on the world and the excesses of today’s societies.
UniFrance’s purpose is to promote French artists and their films to international audiences. When Maïmouna Doucouré invites and encourages us to reflect on social issues, it is therefore of essential importance to UniFrance that her work is able to travel the globe and to speak freely without the risk of receiving threats in all of the countries and regions in which her film is shown. It is crucial that this space of artistic creation and distribution is preserved, not only for this young filmmaker but also for all artists around the world. This is a battle to defend freedom and diversity.
Furthermore, we consider that the call to boycott the film and to have it removed from the Netflix catalogue, in addition to the hate messages, insults, and unfounded speculations about the intent of the director and her producers, pose a serious threat to the very space that cinema seeks to open up: a space of discussion, reflection, and of helping us to see beyond our own preconceived ideas.
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We all know the American film industry is full pedos and perverts. The prosecutions prove it and the defending of the sickos being prosecuted by the celebrities/industry prove it Not surprising. France’s most influential intellectual of the past 100 years - Foucault - defended sex with children and eventually died of HIV contracted via unprotected sex at gay S&M bath houses in San Francisco. The more you know...
What “Violence”? How many pedophile work in this organisation 🤔🤔 violent? more bullshit. choosing to not spend money with a company that has no moral compass is not violent. if you want to talk violence, look at the army hollywood helped unleash on american cities. that's violent. fuckhollywood Where is the 'violent reaction?' Please provide even one example of violence.
Okay pervs 🙃 Why Americans, including Trump supporters and rightists are silent on child beauty pageants, 'Dance Moms' and 'Good Boys', an R-rated movie where the three MC's played by actual kids (under 13) instead actual teens. 'Muricans aren't OK with 'Cuties' but OK with 'Good Boys'. 🤦🏻♀️ It’s a creepy movie. End of.
Pedophiles are now being defended by liberals. While California now says raping young boys and girls anally is not that bad How can they condemn people’s genuine feeling around the safety of children. They can’t dictate how someone should respond to their product. bullet France. The country that has shielded child rapist Polanski for decades, standing up for more child porn. Keeping it classy France!! 🇫🇷
Very disgusting movie and people who support this trash are idiots 🖕🖕🙄🙄
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