Dopo le polemiche infinite scatenate soprattutto da francesi e americani all’ultimo Festival di Cannes su Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo, il nuovo film di Abdellatif Kechiche, in sua difesa si è fatta sentire Céline Sciamma, anche lei in concorso sulla Croisette, con Portrait of a Lady on Fire, e per quattro anni co-presidente della SRF la Société des réalisateurs de films, fondata da Robert Bresson.
In particolare, se il piano delle accuse ‘politiche’ è stato molto ampio, erano stati i Cahiers du Cinéma con un articolo di fondo già a giugno a picchiare duro su Kechiche anche dal punto di vista cinematografico.
In un’intervista riportata in inglese da Indiewire la Sciamma ha affermato coraggiosamente che “It was extremely interesting to have both our films in competition. Thanks to Kechiche’s film, and to ‘Portrait,’ the French critics were faced with questions of the male and female gaze, and the issues that stem from the act of looking. Kechiche and I make films that act as manifestos about such questions. It is completely stupid to think you can only love one at the expense of the other. To the contrary!”
“Here’s where certain French critics and viewers are not doing enough deconstructive work. We can absolutely love both films. We do not live up to the exciting nature of this moment if we start reducing everything to questions of ‘good or not good; moral or immoral; voyeur or not voyeur,’ that’s not the point. The key is to understand what animates such images, and what they seek to impart.”
La Sciamma ha detto di amare particolarmente La vita di Adele: “I like ‘Blue is the Warmest Color,’ for example, and I thought the sex scenes fit perfectly with Kechiche’s larger project: to depict his relationship with his actresses, and their relationship with one another. That’s fascinating, so long as you remain active, which is essential when watching Kechiche’s films. [We should] avoid base judgments and have the courage to question the gaze — our own, and that of the director. But that requires some effort from the spectator.”