Cannes 2019: we talk to Grażyna Torbicka about the festival, women at the cinema and the perfect role for Joanna Kulig [INTERVIEW]

Cannes 2019: we talk to Grażyna Torbicka about the festival, women at the cinema and the perfect role for Joanna Kulig [INTERVIEW]

Just before the start of the next edition of the Cannes Film Festival, we met with Grażyna Torbicka, his regular visitor, as well as the ambassador of L'Oréal Paris, a brand cooperating at the Canne event for over 20 years.

This year, for the 72nd time, the eyes of all cinema enthusiasts will be turned towards Cannes. The film festival on the Cote d'Azur will last from May 14 to 25, and their latest latest films will be shown there by, among others Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood), Jim Jarmusch (The Dead Don’t Die), favorite of Cannes Xavier Dolan (Matthias & amp; Maxime), Pedro Almodóvar (Pain and Glory) and Terrence Malick (A Hidden Life). The chairman of the jury who will decide who to award the Golden Palm is Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu. And the winners will be chosen together with Paweł Pawlikowski, last year's winner of the Golden Palm for best directing (Cold War), Yorgos Lanthimos (Favorite) or actress Elle Fanning. And although this time, unfortunately, we do not have a repeat from Cannes 2018 & nbsp; and the festival jury did not include more women than men, this does not mean that their voice will be less important. It will be important and very, because the chairman of the jury of the Un Certain Regard section was the Lebanese director Nadine Labaki (laureate of the Jury Award at the Cannes Ecumenical Festival last year for the film Capernaum), the jury of the short section is headed by Claire Denis, and in the main competition Mati Diop will compete for the statuette ( Atlantique), the first black woman in the seventy-year history of the Canne festival.

Because women have always been present in Cannes, as evidenced by the 22-year partnership between Cannes and the brand L'Oréal Paris - the Official Makeup Creator She is responsible for the looks of stars appearing on the red carpet. Grażyna Torbicka, a journalist, and since 2016 also one of the Polish ambassadors L’Oréal Paris is his regular. A few days before the start of the Cannes Film Festival, we had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Grażyna and talk about this one of the most important events in the world of cinema and inspiring women, among whom our heroine undoubtedly & nbsp; includes. & Nbsp;

Kinga Nowicka, At the conference entitled "Women in the lead role", inaugurating the re-partnership of the L'Oréal Paris brand and the Cannes Film Festival, you said that "Cannes is a woman" and gave some examples, such as a poster this year's edition in tribute to the recently deceased director, Agnes Vardy. Last year, for example, we had a historic moment when there were more women than men in the jury, which happened at a time when the film industry was still alive with events following the #metoo movement. As a regular, do you feel that the role of women in Cannes has increased, or was it just simply talked about less and they have always been present and built this festival? & Nbsp;

Grażyna Torbicka: Women have always been present and built this festival, but now they are more aware and solidary. The fact that this solidarity is extremely important was also demonstrated by last year's protest on the red stairs (82 women stood on the stairs of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, and this number symbolized the sum of the directors who had more than 70 years of festival existence) the opportunity to appear on the red carpet. For comparison, 1866 directors were granted this honor - editor's note). They are talented directors, screenwriters, producers, but their clout is unfortunately weaker, because they are still dominated by men in the industry. And it is this mutual support of women that can increase their chances of breaking through. However, I would not like the festival directors to aim for the jury bodies to be 50/50 only under the influence of such actions as #metoo or protests like the one from last year. And that this would not be a temporary trend and would have a permanent character. Will it be so, time will tell. The guarantee here is feminine solidarity, but not understood as solidarity in opposition to men - this partnership is here the clue of the whole matter. That is why it would be nice if 80 women would again stand on the red stairs in Cannes this year and 80 men would stand next to them. & Nbsp;

Yes. & Nbsp; A lot is happening in the context of paying attention to how important and enriching the voice of women is. What also showed last year's festival, where these few films made by women brought a completely different picture of the world, because we women have a different sensitivity. Producers no longer have any doubts that if she is a female director, it is not known whether she will manage the task or attract enough viewers. I suspect, however, that producers are also aware that cooperation with female directors is so different that it is not so easy to convince them to make changes in the script that are not in line with their vision. I have no evidence for this, but knowing my own character, when I am pressed to change something I am not convinced, I fight for it, I convince. & Nbsp; And if I see that I have no chance, & nbsp; then I am waiting for a better moment that will come sooner or later. & nbsp;

In the history of the Cannes festival you can find many such important and loud moments, such as the aforementioned protest. And what was the biggest experience for you so far? What did you remember the most as a participant in one of the most important events in the world of cinema?

Certainly such a moment was my first Cannes festival. I came there with no idea how and how quickly you need to act, how many points a journalist's work day has during this event. I had to go through all this alone. I was making an hour-long documentary from the festival, I had a French crew. It was a completely different world, Poland was not yet in the European Union ... But I had to manage, open many closed doors. And that's how it happened. I came back with material from which I could edit, I will say immortally, a really good film with the participation of guests from around the world present at this festival. & Nbsp;

As an ambassador of the L’Oréal Paris brand, you are certainly an inspiration to many women. And what women, especially those from the world of cinema, inspire you? & Nbsp;

There are many such inspirations, so it will be difficult for me to list them all. As far as the acting world is concerned, it is definitely the life and attitude of Krystyna Janda, as well as the roles she chose, starting from Agnieszka in Marble Man & nbsp; Andrzej Wajda. I remember that when I started my studies, we all wanted to be like her - independent, having their own opinion, believing that what we want to do makes sense. And this in a way set me up for life, for my work and for striving to fulfill my dreams and goals. Other inspirations? Undoubtedly Agnieszka Holland is such a woman who is my authority and whose views I respect. From the younger generation & nbsp; Małgorzata Szumowska. It is uncompromising, sometimes works very intuitively, which I also like about it. Małgośka works on herself all the time, recognizes herself. Having already such successes, as a female director, she thinks about how to build her way further, what new challenges to take, which can be interesting and inspiring for her & & nbsp; he also knows when to say no. On the other hand, when it comes to world cinema, I watch & nbsp; Nadine Labaki, a Lebanese director. Her film Capernaum, in which she showed children living in the streets of Beirut, was shocking and brilliantly realized. & Nbsp;

Speaking of Nadine Labaki, you have largely answered my next question about what film just made by a woman has recently touched you the most. I was touched by the film Capernaum & nbsp; to such an extent that I was crying at the cinema for the first time in a long time. A man next to me cried, a woman next to me, and probably most of the room. For me, the image of Labaka was an emotional knockout. & Nbsp;

And yet her goal is not to be sad. I don't use these children to get us to & nbsp; make you cry. Labaki shows them in the context of the indifference of the adult world. I think that in many cases people burst into tears in this movie because they see how fragile the world of adults is. We are blind and we do not see what is happening around us. & Nbsp;

I am very curious, which story of a famous woman, which has not yet been transferred to the screen, would you like to see one day? And who could play the main role in this film?

Limiting myself only to Poland, I think that such a person who would interest me would be Wisława Szymborska. It was a very interesting woman. And who could play it ...? I think that Joasia Kulig is able to play everything, so she could also play Wisława Szymborska. I can imagine her, immersed in her thoughts, with a cigarette, somewhere in Zakopane, which Szymborska liked so much. Yes, that would be something! & Nbsp;

In that case, if someone plans to make such a film, they already know who should cast as Wisława Szymborska! Thank you for the conversation, Mrs. Grażyna.

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