Adèle Haenel, more committed than ever, announces that she will stop filming, with two exceptions. The actress explained in the columns of the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto, in Milan, where she currently plays in the theater.
Distant from the world of cinema since 2019, Adèle Haenel has since focused on her career in the theater and has multiplied the positions taken, testifying to a strong political commitment.
If the actress had already clearly explained her position in relation to the film world in Marine Turchi’s book, Lack of evidencepublished by Seuil last fall, today she tells a little more about possible future collaborations, and how her choices could be made.
In an interview for The poster, Italian equivalent of the newspaper L’Humanité, Adèle Haenel says bluntly that she is quitting the cinema, and then clarifies. †I no longer work with established directors, but only with new, emerging artists. The only (appointed director) who I can work with again is Celine Sciamma because our relationship goes beyond the professional one, but it will have to be in a different economic system. And it is not a matter of choosing in relation to the subject, the theme. It is a matter of redefining a reality, of questioning our perception as Gisèle does (Gisele Vienne† director of the play L’Etang, ed.). Form and meaning coincide.†
They say they fight against sexism, but in reality nothing has changed.
Relaunched by journalist Simona Spaventa of Il Manifesto on the form this cinema could take, Adèle Haenel continues: “We have many artists who want to make cinema in a different way, with different performances, other bodies. I could participate in this cinema, if that happens. And there are interesting movies like Payal Kapadia’s A Whole Night Without Knowing or Alice Diop’s Us†
And to add:But in the film industry, as it is today, there is no hope. We see it with the way women are looked at. They use one or two to hide the nakedness of an oppressive system. You just have to look at the Cannes selection. They say they fight against sexism, but in reality nothing has changed. Those in power continue to oppress us. We always reward rapists and they want me to shut up? Never†
Today’s politics is an emergency, a matter of life and death.
More committed than ever, Adèle Haenel explains that, in addition to her career in the theater she plans to pursue (especially with personalities like Gisèle Vienne), she now devotes her time to her political commitments and listening to victims: “Most of my energy is now spent listening to victims of abuse. But I love art, and I still think it’s important as a collective experience. It remains one of the centers of my life†
†The other is politics, which today is an emergency, a matter of life and death. It’s good that Le Pen didn’t win, but Macron is exacerbating the issue of racism, dividing the working class and weakening it. He is an authoritarian person, which we can see in the use of violence against the protesters, and that is unbearable. They try to reduce the dialogue, turning it into a dominant monologue. The anger in France is very strong, and it is the only thing that can lead to change†
Adèle Haenel will soon be at the Théâtre des Amandiers, in Nanterre, for the sold-out play L’Etang, directed by Gisèle Vienne. There are no movie shoots on the agenda. Contrary to media reports, Adèle Haenel will not be seen in the cast of Bruno Dumont’s next film, The Empire, which will be filmed this summer with Lily-Rose Depp, Camille Cottin, Anamaria Vartolomei and Fabrice Luchini.
For the record, Adèle Haenel’s last speech dates from last fall with journalist Marine Turchi. Two years after collecting the shocking testimony of the actress Adele Haenel (accusing director Christophe Ruggia of sexual harassment and touch), and conducting an extensive investigation into #MeToo in French cinema, the Mediapart journalist revealed the book research entitled “Fault of evidence”, with a lengthy interview with Adèle Haenel, going back in details about his judicial journey and the echoes of his speech.
For me, the world of cinema wants to heal a little too quickly from the questions that have just been asked.
She also shared her vision of the film industry today: “For me, the world of cinema wants to heal a little too quickly from the questions that have just been asked. There is a kind of obsession with making peace as quickly as possible, that is, diving back into the the status quowhile on the contrary, we must take the time to understand the implications of the #MeToo movement, to profoundly transform the organization of work and society‘, she confided during this interview that there will be about fifteen pages to close Marine Turchi’s book.
†It has been devoted to this story for over two years now. I really don’t regret it because it’s the most important thing I’ve done in my life. (…) The most important thing for me today, outside of justice, is this community. The feeling that my approach could help some people. (…) The most important thing is to welcome these stories and recognize that this is a social problem that we can do something about.†
Lack of evidence, inquiry for justice in light of #MeToo revelationsby Marine Turchi, Seuil editions, is available in bookstores.