Cotillard, Pomme, Adjani, Binoche: artists cut their hair in support of Iranian women

Une cinquantaine d’artistes, chanteuses, actrices affichent leur soutien aux femmes Iraniennes dans une vidéo, en se coupant quelques mèches de cheveux.

It is a gesture that has become a symbol of support for Iranian women, who have been demonstrating for two weeks despite the repression: to cut locks of hair or shave their heads. In a video published Wednesday morning by a collective, around fifty actresses, comedians and singers film themselves, scissors in hand, cutting locks of hair. We recognize familiar faces: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard, Pomme, Angèle, Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Carré, Yaël Naim, Muriel Robin, Alexandra Lamy, Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Armanet, or even Laure Calamy. The soundtrack is the interpretation in Farsi of the song of Italian partisan revolt Bella Ciao, which has become the anthem of protests.

hrough this video, all bring their solidarity to the Iranian women, two weeks after the death of Mahsa Amini . This 22-year-old young woman died on September 16, after being arrested by the morality police in Tehran. She had left hair sticking out of her veil . Since then, demonstrations have shaken the country, and nearly a hundred demonstrators have died .

“Silence can be the worst form of violence”
Three lawyers are at the initiative of this video: Richard Sédillot, specialized in the defense of human rights (he had already mobilized for the release of the Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh ), the president of Paris Julie Couturier, and the former president of the Conseil national des barreaux, Christiane Feral Schuhl. The actress Julie Gayet supported them. “Iranian women need to know that they are not alone” , explains Julie Gayet to France Inter. “Silence can be the worst form of violence” .

This video is a way of “showing solidarity” , adds the actress. “It was to send them a signal, to say ‘we’re here’. I hope they have a way of seeing it.”  Lawyer Richard Sédillot hopes that this movement from France “will trigger an extremely strong political reaction” . “Condemnations should no longer be made in half-words, but with more vehemence.”

The video posted on social networks is accompanied by an explicit text: “ It is impossible not to denounce again and again this terrible repression. The dead and dead are already counted by the dozens, including children. only increase the number of prisoners already illegally detained and too often tortured. We have therefore decided to respond to the call that has been made to us by cutting, too, some of these locks.”

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Protests continue in Iran
Since the arrest of Mahsa Amini, Iran has been hit by numerous demonstrations. New clashes took place in the night from Sunday to Monday between the police and students in Tehran, on the site of one of the most prestigious universities in the country .
In France, a minute of silence was observed in the National Assembly on Tuesday in honor of the “incredible courage” of the “women, men and all the youth of Iran” who “express their thirst for freedom” , in the words of the President of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet.

In a column sent to AFP on Tuesday, nearly a thousand personalities of the French seventh art, including stars like Léa Seydoux, Isabelle Huppert and Dany Boon, renowned filmmakers or the boss of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Frémaux called on Tuesday to “support the women’s revolt in Iran”.

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How French comedy of manners ‘Call My Agent’ became an American sensation

That feeling when you have eaten all the candy in the house and you look on the doorstep to find that someone has sent you a 1-pound box of assorted nuts and chews is pretty much how I felt learning that a fourth season of “Call My Agent” had landed on Netflix.

The series, called “Dix Pour Cent” (“Ten Percent”) in its native France, first came to my attention a couple of summers ago, by word of mouth, when the first two seasons were available. It was quickly clear that this was a series that had my name on it, handwritten and bordered in gold, presented on a dish made of silver. Set in a Paris-based talent agency, it is salted, after the manner of “The Larry Sanders Show,” with real French screen stars, including Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jean Reno (and in the latest season, American Sigourney Weaver) playing ironic versions of themselves, and shot in real Paris locations. And though it is obviously not completely original — it’s a workplace comedy in more than one television tradition — it’s also different in the way that one language is different from another even when a sentence says the same thing. Continue reading “How French comedy of manners ‘Call My Agent’ became an American sensation”

Interview with Isabelle Adjani (1977)

At 22, the young actress is an international star thanks to her role in “Adèle H” by François Truffaut and has just shot her first film in the United States, “The Driver”.

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A 22 ans, la jeune actrice est une star internationale grâce à son rôle dans “Adèle H” de François Truffaut et vient de tourner son premier film aux Etats-Unis, “The Driver”. Avec maturité, éloquence, et naturel, Isabelle Adjani se confie à Christian Defaye sur ses débuts dans “Le petit bougnat”, son passage à la Comédie-Française, les rôles qui l’ont marquée, son travail de comédienne. Cet entretien événement fut exceptionnellement diffusé à 20h20, avant le film de la soirée, le 13 décembre 1977 dans Spécial Cinéma.