For AlloCiné, the candidates for the 2022 presidential election reveal their vision of Culture, their tastes in political fiction and their favorite films and series. Today, Anne Hidalgo, candidate of the Socialist Party (PS).
Anne Hidalgo (Socialist Party)
Shouldn’t Culture benefit from a sovereign ministry?
Since Culture constitutes in my project the base of the republican pact, a dedicated ministry is essential, with the means to fulfill its missions. More than the fact of knowing whether it should be sovereign or not, it seems to me important to now consider cultural policy not only as a sectoral policy, but as a cross-cutting policy: at the heart of the development policy territories, at the heart of the ecological transition, at the heart of social issues, education, housing and solidarity.
Is cinema necessarily a political art? What inspires you about the recovery that can be done around a work, such as “Bac Nord” recently?
I do not believe. In any case, it does not have to be to exist. Some films are very committed, others deal with political issues to make the viewer aware of a reality, others can be aesthetic gestures. Sometimes everything can fit together. Once again, each director has the freedom to build their story as they wish. Nevertheless, I believe that there is an important correlation between the state of a society and the evils that affect it, and the creations of artist-authors. A work is always the product of a particular environment.
Regarding the political takeover of Bac Nord by the far right, I noted that the director, Cédric Jimenez, had described it as “deplorable”. I have nothing else to add. There is no problem with a film being political; on the other hand, it is always necessary to deconstruct the political interpretations/recoveries that are made of it.
Do cinema and series have, among other things, the vocation, in your opinion, of helping to “move the lines” on societal issues (parity, diversity, etc.)?
This is naturally the case, but without it being a goal in itself or a vocation. Creative freedom is a cardinal principle that must be respected.
But it is obvious that series and films, in particular in recent years, have participated in an awakening, even an awakening, of salutary consciences which must be translated politically. I am thinking here of the question of the condition of women in our society, of the discrimination of all kinds that crosses it, of the feeling of social, economic, territorial and cultural relegation felt by our fellow citizens. The resolution of tensions, our ability to build a common future belongs to us. What happens after the final masterpiece image Wretched ? It is up to us to define it collectively.
Candidate… and spectator
If we had to give a film or series title to this campaign…
The Borgen Political Series. For the place of women, the permanent spectacle and the determination to carry one’s convictions.
If you had to give a film or series title to your program…
Tomorrow and After Tomorrow by Cyril Dion. We know what will happen if nothing is done but… we have the opportunity to act. Together we can change the future.
A replica of a film or series that inspires you…
“The poor are made to be very poor and the rich very rich!” (Louis de Funes in Delusions of Grandeur).
A movie/series character that inspires you…
Brigitte Nyborg, the heroine of Borgen.
For which President·e on the screen would you have voted?
Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) in At the White House
The best political film?
My slice of the cake by Cédric Klapisch. For his view on violence and social contempt, but also on collective action.
The best political series?
The Office of Legends. For his staging of power struggles and impossible choices. We see women and men committed to their country, who seek to make the best compromises. That is to say accept to act, therefore to take risks, without falling into compromise.
Your first spectator memory?
Chaplin’s Modern Times, in the cinema of the Vaise district in Lyon. I was 8 years old.
Your cult film?
The stuff of heroes
Your cult series?
Your latest cinema/series crush?
Film/series music to work on or think about?
The music of Alberto Iglesias, the composer of the music for Pedro Almodovar’s films. In particular those of All about my mother and Talk to her.
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On the occasion of the Presidential Election 2022AlloCiné gives the floor to the twelve candidates involved in the race for the Elysée, with the collaboration of Camille Marigaux, Culture, Politics and International journalist at France Culture and RFI.
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