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27,000 people sign petition spearheaded by French filmmakers in four days.
A petition initiated by French filmmakers last week calling on the French government to do more to help the inhabitants of the Calais “jungle” in northern France is gathering momentum, with Jean-Luc Godard and Arnaud Desplechin among the signatories.
The population of the squalid camps around the port of Calais has swollen to 6,000 people over the past month, due to the rising numbers of migrants arriving in Europe, as well as tighter security measures around the port and Channel Tunnel.
French filmmakers Nicolas Philibert, Ariane Doublet, Catherine Corsini and Christophe Ruggia spearheaded the petition initiative after visiting the camps last week, kicking it off on Wednesday (Oct 21) with the support of some 800 French artists.
More than 28,000 people had signed the petition by Sunday evening (Oct 25). The objective is to garner at least 35,000 signatures.
Philibert, Doublet, Corsinin and Ruggia said they had been shocked by the “appalling living »
Chinese director of A Touch Of Sin to be feted by French Film Directors Guild at Cannes Film Festival.
The French Film Directors Guild, which runs Cannes parallel section Directors’ Fortnight, is to honour Chinese director Jia Zhangke with its Carrosse d’Or (Golden Carriage) award during this year’s festival.
The guild, known as the Société de Réalisateurs de Films (Sfr) in France, will present Jia with the award on the opening night of Directors’ Fortnight (May 14-24).
The guild published an extract of a letter sent to Jia by the Sfr board, explaining why it had chosen him for the honour: “We are captivated by the boldness of your body of works. Your ability to capture the constant changes in Chinese society, to show its corruption and violence, clearly and concisely, your commitment to younger generations, resonate within each of us.
“Your films are visual poems, with the precision of each shot offering a constant »
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