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This year's Cannes Film Festival likely to be as dramatic as storylines of select star-studded movie premieres

11:21, May 15

This year's Cannes Film Festival is likely to be as dramatic as the storylines of select star-studded movie premieres, reports the BBC.

Highly anticipated films in the lineup include director Francis Ford Coppola's self-financed Megalopolis, while audiences will be able to see Sebastian Stan as a young Donald Trump in The Apprentice. The latest installment in George Miller's Mad Max franchise is also expected to premiere.

However, there are rumors that a number of actors and directors may be publicly accused of sexual assault, there is a threat of a strike by festival workers, and an Iranian filmmaker is expected to take part days after leaving his home country following a prison sentence.

Past Cannes festivals have been at the center of protests from the MeToo movement, and it could be in the spotlight again. It is believed the women could make further allegations of abuse in the European entertainment industry.

There are rumors in the French media of a secret list of alleged violent leading actors and filmmakers that could be released during the event.

French director and actress Judith Godrèche will also make her festival debut with Moi Aussi, a short film about victims of sexual violence. She is considered a key figure in France's MeToo movement and has accused two directors of abusing her when she was a teenager in the 1980s.

Meanwhile, the Cannes Film Festival itself could be at risk if freelance festival workers threaten to go on strike over proposed changes to French labor laws.


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