Presidential 2022 – Valérie Pécresse and “A New Hope”: Culture, cinema and…

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, Valérie Pécresse, candidate of the Les Républicains (LR) party.

Presidential 2022 - valérie pécresse and "a new hope": culture, cinema and...

Valérie Pécresse (The Republicans)

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Presidential 2022 - valérie pécresse and "a new hope": culture, cinema and...

Shouldn’t Culture benefit from a sovereign ministry?

A recent note from December 2021 from the Court of Auditors demonstrates that the Ministry of Culture has largely lost its central role as the initiator of cultural policy. My ambition is to restore all of its luster to the Ministry of Culture and to remake it into a strategic Ministry that promotes French culture in the world.

Is cinema necessarily a political art? What inspires you about the recovery that can be done around a work, such as “Bac Nord” recently?

The cinema, if we forget the pure entertainment cinema which drains, it must not be forgotten, the largest share of admissions to cinemas, can be considered a “political art” since by nature it speaks of what we are, of our society, of its failings and its passions. It is an instrument of ambition, of escape, of dreaming of a better world and of denouncing our weaknesses, among many other things. It is also this art of freedom which fascinates so many spectators: it is therefore inevitable for certain films which are perceived as a showcase of our society, to be quoted by women or men politicians.

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.)?

Cinema and series are arts of their time and are by nature inspired by the major social issues that cross it. Authors and directors are therefore the first to represent social issues in order to raise awareness, and we can only welcome this. But these artists are above all free men and women, totally free in their artistic choices. It is this absolute freedom that we admire and that French cinema does itself the honor of defending by financing so many works by filmmakers threatened in their countries of origin. Conversely, there can be no question for anyone in France to dictate choices to artists, because if that were to be the case we would leave the field of art to join that of propaganda.

Candidate… and spectator

If we had to give a film or series title to this campaign…
The 400 blows (François Truffaut)

If you had to give a film or series title to your program…
A New Hope (Star Wars)

A replica of a film or series that inspires you…
“Nobody is perfect” in Some Like It Hot

A movie/series character that inspires you…
The Danish leader of Borgen (Brigitte Nyborg)

For which President·e on the screen would you have voted?
Nicolas Sarkozy in The Conquest

The best political film?
The President of Henri Verneuil with Jean Gabin who asks the question of the values ​​which must guide us to preside.

The best political series?
The Crown because very realistic and subtle about the psychology of the queen.

Your first spectator memory?
The three Musketeers

Your cult film?
The Last Metro (Francois Truffaut)

Your cult series?
The Office of Legends

Your latest cinema/series crush?
Farewell to the idiots of Albert Dupontel and Madres paralelas of Pedro Almodovar

Film/series music to work on or think about?
The music of Grand Bleu by Luc Besson, composed by Eric Serra

Note from the Editor of AlloCiné

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.

The same questionnaire was submitted to all the people in the running. We will publish the answers of a candidate each day, according to the order determined by the official draw*. A thematic article, bringing together the responses and proposals of the various candidates on topics related to media chronology and piracy, will also be available on our site by April 8, 2022.

*the answers of Emmanuel Macron, in third position according to the draw of the Constitutional Council, did not reach us in time. They will be published as soon as they are received.

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