Adele Haenel quits film industry, says she’s ‘racist and patriarchal’

“By leaving this industry for good, I want to participate in another world, in another cinema,” the actress said.

Adèle Haenel captivated the film world with her stunning performance in Céline Sciamma’s ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, but hasn’t appeared in a film since 2019. If the French actress has certainly missed out, don’t expect not to see her in a soon a new movie. In a recent interview with the German magazine FAQs (Going through The movie scene), Haenel revealed that she walked away from the industry because of the way she thought women and minorities were treated.

“I don’t make movies anymore,” Haenel said. “For political reasons. Because the film industry is absolutely reactionary, racist and patriarchal. We are mistaken if we say that the powerful are of good will, that the world is indeed moving in the right direction under their good and sometimes clumsy management. Not at all. The only thing that moves society structurally is social struggle. And it seems to me that in my case, to leave is to fight. By leaving this industry for good, I want to take part in another world, in another cinema.

His next film was to be “The Empire”, a new sci-fi film from director Bruno Dumont. However, she left this project due to disagreements over the subject and the casting. The process appears to have been the last straw for an actress who was already extremely frustrated with her industry.

“At first I thought it sounded like a lot of fun: sort of like Luke Skywalker in space,” she said of the project. “The problem is that behind that funny facade was a dark, sexist, racist world fighting back. The script was full of jokes about cancel culture and sexual violence. I tried to d “Discuss it with Dumont, because I thought a dialogue was possible. I wanted to believe for the umpteenth time that it was unintentional. But it is intentional. This disregard is deliberate.”

Haenel will continue to act in theaters and is ready to one day make independent films with collaborators she knows well enough to trust their intentions. But right now, she doesn’t feel like she can continue participating in the film industry in good conscience.

“If I stayed in this film industry today, I would be a kind of feminist endorsement to this masculine, patriarchal industry,” she said. “My dream is to say it clearly: this industry defends a capitalist, patriarchal, racist, sexist world of structural inequalities. This means that this industry works hand in hand with the global economic order, in which all lives are not equal.

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