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CANNES, France (AP) — As the red carpet unfurled Tuesday at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival and Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die” was set to premiere, jury president Alejandro Inarritu criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans for a Mexican border wall and lamented his tweets as “bricks of isolation.”
Inarritu, the Mexican-born filmmaker of “Birdman” and “The Revenant,” is the first Latin American to preside over the jury that decides Cannes’ top honor, the Palme d’Or. Addressing reporters on the festival’s opening day alongside fellow jury members, Inarritu drew a parallel between the rhetoric of Trump to that of the 1930s.
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“We know how this story ends if we keep with that rhetoric,” said Inarritu. “We think we are evolving with the technology and social media. It seems every tweet is a brick of isolation attached to ideological things and is creating a lot of isolation and paranoia.”
This year’s Cannes arrives with the usual swirl of celebrity and controversy. Among the starrier films debuting at the festival on the French Riviera will be Quentin Tarantino’s 1969 Los Angeles tale “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.”
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Also on tap are the latest from renowned auteurs Pedro Almodovar, Terrence Malick and the Dardennes brothers. Also of interest will be the debut from Mati Diop, “Atlantique,” which marks the first black woman filmmaker in competition in Cannes.
Last year’s Cannes saw 82 women, which represented the number of women directors to ever appear in competition in Cannes, protest for gender inequality on the festival’s famed red carpet steps. Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux signed a pledge promising to make the festival’s selection process more transparent and to push executive boards toward gender parity.
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