For AlloCiné, candidates in the 2022 presidential election reveal their vision of culture, their tastes in political fiction, and their favorite movies and series. Today Nathalie Artaud, candidate for Lutte Ouvrière (LO).
Shouldn’t Culture benefit from sovereign service?
Culture should be a priority, as it is necessary for the development of every person. But to have access to culture, one must live, not survive, like the 9 million people who live below the poverty line in this rich country nonetheless. As long as culture is the market in a capitalist society, it will remain reserved only for the elite and for those who still have the means to go to the cinema, to the theater and even to travel the world.
Is cinema necessarily a political art? What inspires you in the rebuilding that can be done around a job like “Bac Nord” lately?
I think that any letter, any work, any film is necessarily political because they are part of a society very marked by social division, inequality, injustice; a society that transmits its dominant values, its taboos, its prohibitions, its currents of majority opinion… When an artist bends over the creation of a work, whatever it may be, he is saturated with it all, whether he wants to break away from it or not, whether he wants to be in opposition or don’t even think about it. Personally, I didn’t go to the movies at Buck Nord. Therefore, I can only speak about what I know: about police violence against young people in the districts, about the racism that exists in this body of repression by the state, about information that is public knowledge.
Do movies and series have, among other things, a calling to help “push the boundaries” on social issues (parity, diversity, etc.)?
Cinematic works or series such as novels and literature can, in my opinion, evoke a variety of themes. They reflect the concerns of the time in which they were created. And I understand very well that filmmakers want to use this expressive tool to fight prejudice, to promote progressive ideas.
Candidate… and Spectator
If we had to give this campaign the name of a movie or series…
The absurdity of Patrice Lecomte. In many ways, this campaign is laughable. And also because the film tells about the end of the rule of a parasitic social class, finally overthrown by the revolution.
If you needed to name a movie or series for your program…
Another World by Stefan Brize
A copy of the movie or series that inspires you…
“The world is divided into two categories: those who keep a loaded gun and those who dig.” (Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)
Movie/series character that inspires you…
Norma Ray, the protagonist of the film of the same name, because she is a female worker who discovers that it is possible to unite white and black workers together. By opening the collective struggle, a whole world opens up for it. Thanks to her courage and determination, she manages to balance her family life and her obligations, involving those close to her in her struggle.
for which president·would you vote on the screen?
None, because they all look like acting presidents and because I am fighting to change this system.
Best Political Film?
Comme des Lions by Françoise Davies because it shows all the abilities and resources that workers of all nationalities are capable of fighting together for their dignity and their lives.
The best political series?
Le Bureau des Légendes for diving into the world of espionage and for Mathieu Kassovitz.
What is your first memory as a spectator?
I remember that in the late 1980s, I was especially noted by a film in which episodes were called the Holocaust and which talked about Nazism, the policy of extermination of the Jewish and Gypsy population, as well as people who were considered disabled. This made a deep impression on me and revolted me.
What is your cult film?
Young Karl Marx by Raul Peck
Your cult series?
The Mill, a British mini-series about the Industrial Revolution and the struggles of Chartist workers. I was very impressed with the courage of these working class women and men who managed to organize to defend their right to vote and their right to exist. Many of the problems they faced then, and how they dealt with them, are real lessons for us today in our fight against the injustices of capitalism.
What is your latest movie/series love?
This is not a new film, but I recently saw Emmanuelle Bercot’s The Daughter of Brest, a film that denounces the middleman scandal, the dictates of pharmaceutical trusts protected by private ownership of their patent and secret advertising, with the complicity of public authorities who nevertheless bear responsibility to control the quality and effectiveness of medicines. This film also tells about the courage and perseverance of Dr. Irene Frachon, surrounded by a whole team.
Movie/series music that needs work or thought?
Amy’s movie music because I love Amy Winehouse’s songs.
AlloCine editor’s note
On occasion presidential election 2022AlloCiné is giving the floor to twelve candidates running for the Élysée Palace in collaboration with Camille Marigot, culture, politics and international community journalist for France Culture and RFI.
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