Adèle Haenel and cinema: the radical decision of the actress in the face of the profession – Actus Ciné

Adèle Haenel, busier than ever, announces her retirement from the cinema, with two exceptions. She explained it to the actress in the columns of the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto, in Milan, where she currently plays in the theater.

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Away from the world of cinema since 2019, Adèle Haenel has since focused on her career in the theater and has multiplied the positions taken, reflecting a strong commitment in the political field.

If the actress had already clearly explained her position with respect to the world of cinema in the book by Marine Turchi, Lack of evidencepublished last fall in Seuil, today he tells a little more about possible future collaborations and how his choices could be made.

In an interview for The poster, the Italian equivalent of the newspaper L’Humanité, Adèle Haenel bluntly says she is stopping cinema, then clarifies. “I will no longer work with established directors, but only with new and emerging artists. The only (affirmed director) who I can work with again is Celine Sciamma because our relationship goes beyond the professional one, but it will have to be in another economic system. And it is not a question of choosing in relation to the subject, to the theme. It is a question of redefining a reality, of questioning our perception as Gisèle does (Gisele Vienna, director of the play L’Etang, ed). Form and meaning coincide.

They say they are fighting against sexism, but in reality nothing has changed.

Re-launched by the journalist Simona Spaventa of Il Manifesto on the form this cinema could take, Adèle Haenel continues: “We have many artists who want to make films in a different way, with other representations, other bodies. I could take part in this cinema if it happens. And there are interesting films like Payal Kapadia’s A Whole Night Without Knowing, or Alice Diop’s Us. “

And to add:But in the film industry, as it is today, there is no hope. We see this with the way women are viewed. They use one or two to hide the nakedness of an oppressive system. Just look at the Cannes selection. They say they are fighting against sexism, but in reality nothing has changed. Those in power continue to oppress us. Do we always reward rapists and they want me to shut up? Never. “

Politics today is an emergency, a matter of life or death.

Busier than ever, Adèle Haenel explains that, in addition to her theatrical career that she intends to pursue (especially with personalities like Gisèle Vienne), she now dedicates her time to her political commitments and listening to the victims: “Most of my energy is now devoted to listening to abuse victims. But I love art and I still think it’s important as a collective experience. It remains one of the centers of my life. “

The other is politics, which today is an emergency, a matter of life and death. It is good that Le Pen did not win, but Macron is exacerbating the issue of racism, dividing the working class and weakening it. He is an authoritarian person, who we can see with the use of violence against protesters, and who is intolerable. They try to reduce the dialogue, making it a dominant monologue. Anger in France is very strong, and it is the only thing that can bring about change. “

Adèle Haenel will soon be at the Théâtre des Amandiers, in Nanterre, for the play L’Etang, directed by Gisèle Vienne, which is sold out. No movie shooting is on the agenda. Contrary to what many media had announced, Adèle Haenel will not be in the cast of Bruno Dumont’s next film, The Empire, which is set to shoot this summer with Lily-Rose Depp, Camille Cottin, Anamaria Vartolomei and Fabrice Luchini.

For the record, Adèle Haenel’s last speech dates back to last fall with the journalist Marine Turchi. Two years after collecting the shock testimony of the actress Adele Haenel (accusing director Christophe Ruggia of sexual and touching harassment), and conducted an extensive investigation of #MeToo in French cinema, the Mediapart journalist unveiled the investigative book entitled “Fault of the evidence”, with a long interview with Adèle Haenel , returning to details on his judicial path and the echoes we had in his speech.

The world of cinema, for me, wants to heal a little too quickly from the questions that have just been posed.

He also gave his insight into the film industry today: “The world of cinema, for me, wants to heal a little too quickly from the questions that have just been posed. There is a kind of obsession with making peace as soon as possible, that is, with throwing ourselves back into status quowhile on the contrary we have to take the time to understand the implications of the #MeToo movement, in order to deeply transform the organization of work and society“, He confided during this interview of about fifteen pages that came to close the book by Marine Turchi.

More than two years have now passed dedicated to this story. I really don’t regret it, because it’s the most important thing I’ve done in my life. (…) The most important thing for me today, beyond justice, is this community. The feeling that my approach could help some people. (…) The most important thing is to welcome these stories and recognize that this is a social problem we can act on.

Lack of evidence, investigation of justice in the face of #MeToo revelationsby Marine Turchi, Seuil editions, is available in bookstores.

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