Protesters storm the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival and unfurl banner condemning ‘129 femicides’ in apparent reference to French domestic killings
- Female protesters stormed the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival today
- The women unfurled banners condemning 129 domestic killings in France
- The campaigners let off a black smoke device and waved their fists in the air
- It occurred during the premiere of Holy Spider – a film about a serial killer in Iran
Protesters have stormed the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival railing against male violence in the second incident this week.
A group of women unfurled a banner at the premiere of thriller Holy Spider, letting off black smoke devices and holding their fists in the air.
The banner featured a list of victims of the ‘129 femicides since the last Cannes festival’ – in an apparent reference to the number of domestic killings in France.
Video footage of the event was shared widely on social media.
A group of women protesters took over the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival today in rage against 129 ‘femicides’ in France since the last festival
The banner bore the names of 129 women said to been killed in France since the last Cannes Film Festival
The female protesters upstaged the premiere of Holy Spider and caught the attention of the world’s media
Directed by Ali Abbasi, Holy Spider tells the story of a female journalist investigating a serial killer targeting sex workers in the Iranian city of Mashhad.
It is loosely based on the true case of Saeed Hanaei, a construction worker, who killed 16 women between 2000 and 2001 before he was apprehended by the police.
It is the second protest to take place at Cannes this week.
On Friday, the premiere of George Miller’s Three Thousand Years Of Longing was interrupted by a woman protesting against sexual violence during the war in Ukraine.
The woman tore off her clothes during the film’s red carpet procession to reveal the message ‘Stop raping us’ written across her torso next to the blue-and-yellow colours of the Ukraine flag.
Footage of the women’s defiant protest has since been shared widely on social media
Security guards quickly encircled her and took her off the red carpet.
The 75th annual festival has already hosted the star-studded premiere for Top Gun: Maverick, which saw Tom Cruise attend for the first time in 30 years.
The event was subject to strict Covid-19 protocols in 2021 but this year’s Cannes has largely done away with pandemic measures.