She never trembles, she shines, she sings, she touches us. She is Virginie Efira, sublime mistress of ceremonies at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in a sequined dress from the house of Yves Saint Laurent designed by the Belgian designer like her Anthony Vaccarello. The Belgian actress sparkled in one of those most difficult roles to hold. “The world is written in an incomprehensible language. The cinema translates it for us”, she explained first of all, in a confident voice despite a palpable emotion.
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After a tribute to “When the storks pass” by Mikhaïl Kalatozov, Palme d’or 1958 and ode to love stronger than war, she explained that “if cinema may not change the world, it can at least show him the example”. “Cinema is alive,” she then proclaimed. We then review it, pushing the song with Vincent Delerm, taking up “Que je t’aime” by Johnny Hallyday – again a Belgian like her. Perhaps one of the clues as to the nationality of the future Palme d’Or – three Belgian films are in competition, “The Eight Mountains” by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen, “Close” by Lukas Dhont and “Tori and Lokita” by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
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