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 Fabien Roussel, candidate of the French Communist Party (PCF).
Shouldn’t Culture benefit from sovereign service?
When the Ministry of Culture was created in 1958, its first head, André Malraux, had the title of “Minister of State”. This was not the case again for the next seven and five years. And with the seven-year term of Valerie Giscard d’Estaing, she was even demoted to the rank of “Secretariat of State”. Even if the term “ordinary” seems excessive, I am far from making cultural property or artistic creation a “state monopoly”! – It is clear that the Ministry of Culture needs to find a title, role and powers that are more consistent with the idea that we have about our mission. As stated in paragraph 111 of my program: a large Ministry of Culture, Public Education and the Mass Media will be created. It will be endowed with the broadest competence, including the external cultural activities of France and its role within the Francophonie. Joint competence will be restored between the state and local authorities (…).
Is cinema necessarily a political art? What inspires you in the rebuilding that can be done around a job like “Bac Nord” lately?
Cinema has been a popular art since its inception. As such, it captures today, as yesterday, all subjects of society, including their “political” readings. It is a fact. On the other hand, I am not in the habit of judging a work by whether its “political” statement is in line with my commitments. The film you mentioned poses, in my opinion, a completely different problem: it is a symptom. A symptom of the “evil banality” that will be carried by certain areas of our cities and the solution of which a certain extreme point of view will see in the sole intensification of “every repression.” It should also be noted that the directors of this film reacted sharply to the attempts at political recovery, the purpose of which he was.
Do movies and series have, among other things, a calling to help “push the boundaries” on social issues (parity, diversity, etc.)?
Yes ! And they do. Let’s trust the creative freedom of the authors so that they always do more and even better!
Candidate… and Spectator
If we had to give this campaign the title of a movie or TV series…
Invictus. Because one nation wins against all odds.
If you needed to name a movie or series for your program…
Life is beautiful, Roberto Benigni. Even in the worst of times.
A copy of the movie or series that inspires you…
I immediately remember Audiard, I remember two: “Retirement must be taken by the young (…) first of all, it must be taken alive, not everyone can afford it”. (Barmelons). And how not to remember “Don’t Touch Grisby” Arrow tones. Audiard has a sense of formula that I greatly admire.
Movie/series character that inspires you…
Robin de Bois for his keen sense of social justice.
for which president·would you vote on the screen?
Without hesitation: Mandela in Invictus. It was against apartheid that I got involved in politics, I admire the strength of Mandela, the one who experienced injustice on his own flesh and managed to maintain hope and conviction that he is able to turn it all around. And to do this not in anger and hatred towards others, but through the unity and reconciliation of people: “I am the master of my fate”.
My slogan “Happy Days” also sounds like this: we are the masters of our destiny.
Best Political Film?
The Dictator is a masterpiece that has lost none of its poignancy more than eighty years later when it comes to the risks associated with the rise of nationalism in Europe.
The best political series?
Baron Noir for his raw realism.
What is your first viewing memory?
Laurel and Hardy. What a duet!
What is your cult film?
Your cult series?
What is your latest movie/series love?
Movie/series music that needs work or thought?
Soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown
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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