The best of French theater was rewarded yesterday at the Folies Bergère last night in Paris, where the 33rd edition of the Molières took place. Many actors had made the trip for this great evening broadcast live on France 3 and presented by Alex Vizorek. Among them, Vanessa Paradis.
For the first time in her career, the 49-year-old star received a nomination in the Molière category for Comedian in a Private Theater Show for her role in the play Mom of her husband Samuel Benchetrit. Vanessa Paradis was opposed to Catherine Hiegel for before retirementCristiana Reali for Simone Veil – The fights of a brazen woman and Barbara Schulz for As you would like by William Shakespeare. If Vanessa Paradis did not receive the Molière de la Comédienne, won by Barbara Schulz, the mother of Lily-Rose Depp and Jack shone during her evening, accompanied by her husband. Far, very far from the media turmoil caused by the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, whose verdict is expected shortly.
Vanessa Paradis was simply sublime in her long shiny dress signed Chanel and her high heels. The complicity was there with Samuel Benchétrit, the couple held hands in front of the photographers, thus fully honoring Mom, the first project of Johnny Depp’s ex at the theater. “Impossible to miss such a text, so beautiful, original and profound. He had started it a very long time ago, a first act but he didn’t have the sequel. By meeting us and working together, he wanted to write it entirely“, had confided Vanessa Paradis a few months ago to the Parisianabout the play written and directed by Samuel Benchétrit.
An evening with a backdrop of Mee Too at the theater
During this 33rd edition of the Molières, As you would like made an impression by winning four statuettes: Best Private Theater Show, Best Private Theater Director, Best Private Theater Actress (Barbara Schulz), Best Supporting Actress (Ariane Mourier). This evening was also overtaken by the MeToo wave at the theatre, with a rally attended by feminist activist Alice Coffin and actress Adèle Haenel in front of the Folies Bergère during the ceremony, at the call of a group that denounces the sexual and gender-based violence in the environment.
Inside the room, calls have been made to move the lines. “You still don’t know what’s going on inside your theaters“, affirmed the actress Nathalie Mann, representing Associated French Actresses and Actors on the scene. She called out “appoint a referent“for sexual and gender-based violence in theatrical institutions, as is the case on film sets.
Pauline Bureau, who won the Molière award for living French-speaking author for her play on a women’s football team, recalled that “18% of public money goes to companies run by women” and called on the new Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, present in the room, to make it her hobbyhorse.
Humor, musical comedy and magical shows won the prize list for this ceremony, which coincided with the 400th anniversary of the birth of Molière, but also with a drop in attendance in theaters. “It is not by staying in front of our screens waiting for the meal deliverers that we will triumph over our anxieties… It is by laughing or crying, by sharing our emotions in a theater“, pleaded the president of this edition, the actress Isabelle Carré, at the start of the evening broadcast on France 3.
The evening was also marked by a tribute to Michel Bouquet, tutelary figure of French theater and cinema who died on April 13 at the age of 96, and an honorary Molière was awarded to a heavyweight of the scene, the actor Jacques Weber .