Contradictory reactions, call for boycott, defense of Polanski by Nadine Trintignant … The controversy around “J'accuse” is gaining momentum

In the political, associative and cultural world, the controversy has increased as we approach the release of the latest film by Roman Polanski.

While Roman Polanski is targeted by a new rape charge that embarrasses French cinema, the release of his latest film I accuse is the subject of a call for boycott and contradictory reactions in the world of politics and culture. These new reactions follow the premiere of the film on the Champs-Elysees Tuesday, November 12 in the evening, in the presence of its director and the entire film crew.


The promotion of the film, awarded by the Grand Jury Prize in Venice, was disrupted, actors Jean Dujardin and Emmanuelle Seigner having canceled interviews, while programs recorded with Louis Garrel have not been broadcast in recent days. Tuesday night November 12, dozens of feminists blocked a preview in a Parisian cinema by chanting “Polanski rapist, guilty cinemas“and brandishing placards on which was inscribed”Polanski persecutes women“, calling on all cinemas to stop projecting the film and the audience to boycott it.

A hashtag #BoycottPolanski appeared on social networks, while some people hijacked the movie's posters on Wednesday, transforming the “J'accuse” into “J'abuse” or “J'acquitte”.

Socialist Senator Laurence Rossignol, former Minister of Family, Childhood and Women's Rights, said Wednesday morning November 13 that “would not go see the movie“and called on everyone to do the same.”I can say that it's a film that you should not go see, because you do not have to give it to Polanski. You must not give up the sponge in fact. Go see the movie, it's the sponge“, she said on France 2.

On the contrary, the director Nadine Trintignant defended Roman Polanski on BFMTV. “I find it very serious to bother him at the moment, where there is a rise of anti-Semitism in Europe“she said, saying she”would rather believe him than a woman who took 44 years to think about denouncing himShe thus refers to the accusations of French photographer Valentine Monnier who says she was “beaten up” and violated by the Franco-Polish director in 1975 at the age of eighteen in Switzerland.

At the premiere Tuesday night at the Champs-Elysées, in the presence of the film crew including Roman Polanski, many guests said “dissociate the man from the director“.”I come to see the work of the man, the director; I do not know if what we accuse him is true or not true“, affirmed to AFP one of the spectators, estimating that the actors of the film”did nothing to penalize their work“.

The ARP, which brings together more than 200 filmmakers including Roman Polanski, is considering possible sanctions against its members implicated in cases of sexual violence, a decision that could affect the director.


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