Cannes spotlights Judith Godrèche, icon of France’s #MeToo moment

The Cannes Film Festival kept up its female focus on Wednesday with the pounding, action-packed “Mad Max” prequel “Furiosa” and the soft-spoken uprising of French actress Judith Godrèche, who has spearheaded the host country’s long-awaited #MeToo reckoning.

A day after celebrating female icons of film in an emotional opening ceremony, the 77th Cannes Film Festival got the ball rolling with a Meryl Streep masterclass and a first batch of films that put women’s stories centre-stage.

Streep, who was awarded an honorary Palme d'Or on Tuesday, shared intimate stories from her career and spoke about the huge progress of women in the industry during a talk to festivalgoers.

“The biggest stars in the world are women right now,” she said, pointing out that her early roles were often so memorable “because she was the only woman in the film”.

The race for the Palme d'Or kicked off later in the day with French newcomer Agathe Riedinger’s “Wild Diamond”, this year’s only debut feature in the main competition and one of only four entries by women. It explored themes of femininity, the obsession with beauty and the role of social-media influencers.

Next up were Magnus von Horn’s “The Girl with the Needle”, a grim but beguiling tale of women living on the margins in post-World War I Denmark, and the feverishly awaited red-carpet premiere of “Furiosa”, the latest instalment of George Miller’s “Mad Max” franchise.

Fast and Furiosa

Ahead of Wednesday’s screening, Godrèche told reporters she did not believe in trial-by-media.

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