French cultural minister Rima Abdul Malak underlined France’s commitment to international investment and addressed the current political upheaval that has spilled over into the Cannes Film Festival during a first-ever conversation with international press in Cannes.
Abdul Malak, who was appointed in 2022, discussed how the French filmmaking community can better connect with the wider global film industry.
“André Malraux, my predecessor, used to say that cinema was an art and also an industry and it’s important to have a public policy that supports our industry and creation,” she said. She added: “Industry isn’t a bad word – it doesn’t mean we’re not creative.”
Abdul Malak is in Cannes where she unveiled the 68 projects selected for the French government’s €350m ’The Great Image Factory’ initiative on Friday (May 19).
Image Credit: THIBAUT CHAPOTOT / MINISTÈRE DE LA CULTURE ET DE LA COMMUNICATION