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Cannes: ‘Aquarius’ Director Kleber Mendonça Filho Protests Brazilian ‘Coup’ Before World Premiere

Cannes: 'Aquarius' Director Kleber Mendonça Filho Protests Brazilian 'Coup' Before World Premiere

Kleber Mendonça Filho is at the Cannes Film Festival for the world premiere of his new film “Aquarius,” but it would appear that the director’s mind hasn’t entirely left his native Brazil. Before his latest film’s world premiere earlier today, he and several of his collaborators held up a large banner reading “Stop coup in Brasil;” smaller signs emblazoned with the words “We will resist” and “Brazil is not a democracy anymore” were held up behind it.

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The signs are in response to president Dilma Rousseff’s recent impeachment and were met with enthusiastic applause inside the Grand Théâtre Lumière. Rouseff, the country’s first female president, has been accused of manipulating government accounts; these proceedings have resulted in controversy both domestically and abroad, with the “Aquarius” filmmakers’ protest being among the most high-profile responses yet.

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The cameramen broadcasting Filho and his team were reportedly told to stay on the filmmakers for a full two full minutes. “Aquarius” itself was met with a standing ovation at the conclusion of its screening.

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