Thierry Fremax, head of the Cannes Film Festival, took part in a ‘Meet the Press’ session with reporters in Cannes yesterday afternoon.
The longtime chief was asked multiple questions about the location of the festival per Russia and the story of the deadline censorship since yesterday.
The festival, which bans Russian journalists from publishing pro-Putin and state-sponsored Russian representatives, was asked how concerned the ear-approved Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich was about financing a competitive film. Tchaikovsky’s wife (Whose director Kirill Serebrennikov is a Russian dissident).
Frameux, who mentioned that he received five emails a day with questions on the subject, explained that the festival decided to take the picture because it was shot before the war against Ukraine, when receiving Russian money was not a problem.
“The film was already shot, so we decided to follow this rule,” the festival chief told reporters.
Another journalist asked Framax why the festival decided to celebrate India as a ‘respected country’ when it was a strong ally of Russia.
“We have a different position from France or the European Commission,” he explained. “One would think that you should impose sanctions on countries that support Russia – well, we haven’t gone that far.”
The head of the festival was asked multiple questions about the story of the deadline yesterday regarding the censorship of his interview with the press.
Framex confirmed that he had corrected the quotes but claimed that the organizers did not remove the questions. The story of every deadline yesterday, this is not our experience.
Framex stressed: “There is no self-censorship, no less censorship. If I give an interview and receive a journalist – and it’s a French tradition to read behind the interview – I’ll read it again and if I want to change something I’ll change it; I do not change the writing of a journalist. “
He added: “I have the right to control what I say and to change my mind, why not? I like to talk naturally and then decide what I want to put in the interview. “