After Judith Godrèche's accusations, the release of new films by Jacques Doillon and Benoît Jacquot disrupted

After Judith Godrèche's accusations, the release of new films by Jacques Doillon and Benoît Jacquot disrupted


At 51, Judith Godrèche filed a complaint against the filmmakers Benoît Jacquot (her former companion) and Jacques Doillon for rape of a 15-year-old minor, between 1986 and 1992 (accusations which they reject). Since then, the actress and director has created an address, accompanied by this message on her Instagram page: “I am here. Behind this email address (…) Whatever the environment in which you were abused. Share as much as possible. » Mediapart wondered, in a special broadcast, if we weren’t finally dealing with the real #metoo of French cinema.

In such circumstances, the future of the next films of the directors in question is strongly compromised: Belle , by Benoît Jacquot, adaptation of La Mort de Belle (1952), by Georges Simenon, with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Guillaume Canet, currently in post-production, and CE2 , by Jacques Doillon, drama about school bullying, with Nora Hamzawi, Alexis Manenti and comedian Doully, which was scheduled for release on March 27. Several screenings for the press have already taken place.

“In the current state of affairs, producers find themselves alone in bearing the consequences of situations for which they are in no way responsible, and which arise from facts possibly even prior to their activity ,” describes a producer who wishes to keep the ‘anonymity. When a production company has raised the financing for its film, it takes out a loan from a bank or credit institution by discounting the contracts signed by the financiers. Such operations generate bank interest, which has become very significant since the increase in key rates at the end of 2022… Given the amounts involved, which far exceed the equity of the companies concerned, it seems clear that most independent companies of production can see their vital prognosis compromised, as we say in other circumstances. »

“Childhood filmmaker”

Screened for the first time at the Angoulême French-speaking Film Festival on August 25, 2021, CE2 received praise from Brigitte Macron, who has been involved in the fight against harassment in schools for several years – “I am extremely touched. He [Jacques Doillon] , he has an eye, he knows how to film them [the children] extremely well (…). It’s very important to go see it [the film] if you want to understand certain mechanisms. » CE2 was also at the origin of a debate on “childhood in danger” at the Angoulême court, which augured the best for the film’s career with schools.

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