Protesters storm the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival unfurling a banner condemning “129 femicides” in an apparent reference to French domestic killings
- Protesters stormed the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival today
- The women unfurled banners condemning 129 domestic murders in France
- The activists let out a black smoking device and waved their fists in the air
- It happened during the premiere of Holy Spider – a film about a serial killer in Iran
In the second incident this week, protesters stormed the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival to crack down on male violence.
A group of women unfurl a banner, lowering black foggers and raising their fists in the air at the premiere of the thriller Holy Spider.
The banner included a list of victims of “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 to the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival today to lash out at 129 “femicides” in France since the last festival
The banner bore the names of 129 women believed to have been killed in France since the last Cannes Film Festival
The female protesters eclipsed the premiere of Holy Spider and garnered media attention worldwide
Directed by Ali Abbasi, Holy Spider tells the story of a 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 being arrested by the police.
It is the second protest to take place in Cannes this week.
On Friday, the premiere of George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Our Lives was interrupted by a woman protesting sexual violence during the war in Ukraine.
The woman tore herself during the film’s red carpet procession to reveal the message “Stop raping us” written on her torso next to the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag.
Footage of the women’s defiant protest has since been shared widely on social media
Security forces quickly surrounded her and took her off the red carpet.
The 75th annual festival has already hosted the star-studded premiere of Top Gun: Maverick, which Tom Cruise attended 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 scrapped pandemic measures.