The Cannes red carpet event for George Miller’s ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ witnessed a bizarre disruption. A topless woman covered in nothing but paint jumped in front of the red carpet in order to protest the atrocities happening in the current Russia-Ukraine war.
According to eyewitnesses, the woman pulled off all of her clothing and screamed in front of the collected cameras. Security personnel rushed over to her and wrapped a coat around her.
The lady was covered with Ukrainian flag body paint with the words “stop raping us” inscribed across her belly. Her lower back and legs were also covered in blood-red paint, and the phrase “scum” was scribbled on her lower back.
This comes in reference to the reports of several instances where Russian soldiers raped civilians in the course of the war.
Despite the heavy security, and multiple security checks to access the red carpet, the woman managed to get through and create a ruckus.
This isn’t the first time the Cannes red carpet Film Festival has witnessed such a breach of security
In 2014, During the gala for How to Train Your Dragon 2, famed prankster Vitalii Sediuk sneaked past the guards and placed his head under America Ferrera’s dress.
The protest takes place ahead of Cannes’ “Ukraine Day” on May 21, when the festival will host a series of events to demonstrate support for Ukraine’s devastated film industry.
The conflict in Ukraine has been a hot topic at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which is featuring many films by Ukrainian directors. Russians with links to the Kremlin were not allowed to attend the festival. To kick off the event, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave a surprise speech.
“The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people,” Zelenskyy said quoting “The Great Dictator”, a film banned in Germany due to its mockery of Hitler.
“We need a new Chaplin who will demonstrate that the cinema of our time is not silent,” he added.