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Sex Trafficking and the Cannes Film Festival

Since the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal and the #MeToo movement you would think the issue of sexual assault and the “casting couch”: which involved the offer of acting roles in exchange for sexual favours, within the profession would be a thing of the past.

However it appears the  #MeToo movement has done little to halt the issue of sex trafficking, and Cannes plays an important role in the practise. Young actresses often from Eastern Europe are groomed and brought to the festival. They are then introduced to these wealthy, powerful men in the industry on their yachts. The young actresses are then promised small or non-speaking parts in movies, allowing them to have a  H-1 visa. Once in the US they are passed around powerful and wealthy men in Hollywood. If they refuse they are told they will have their visas revoked. Experts say that immigration officials should always be suspicious if actresses are being given the expensive H-1 visa for small parts in films.

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G20 Meeting Cannes 3rd-4th November

World leaders will meet at the next G20 summit to take place in Cannes, France, 3rd-4th November 2011. With the world on the brink of global financial meltdown, this meeting is being seen as one of the last chances the world leaders will have of formulating a plan to avert financial catastrophe.

The date has galvanised resolve amongst Europe’s leaders to come prepared with a plan for the European Debt Crisis.  President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel have set a dead line for the end of October to come up with a “comprehensive” response, in time for the G20 summit. Their talks have come as the US, UK and developing world have placed increased pressure on the Eurozone to come up with a plan, criticising Europe for thus far “doing too little, too late.”

Merkel and Sarkozy are seeking to put together a package that will massively recapitalize the European banking sector in order to re-establish global confidence in Europe’s banks, as well as to bolster the European Financial Stability Facility bail-out Fund (EFSF), provide strong action on Greece, and plan ahead to avoid this happening again.

Major problems to find a solution exist. In particular, France is reluctant to use tax-payers money to help the banks, and Germany does not want to continue to pour money into the EFSF. The IMF has estimated that the European banks have a black hole of €200bn, and that the EFSF requires at least an extra €440bn.

The chairman of the Bank of England has said that the current financial crisis is “the most serious… since 1930s, if ever.” Never in history has the global financial system been so interlinked and integrated; meaning that if one part of the system fails, the knock on effects are felt everywhere. If Europe falls, she will take America and the UK with her!

The 1930s financial turmoil led to social meltdown as well as serious political problems. The economic woes of the 1930s helped Hitler’s rise to power in Germany and Communism take hold. However, there is still hope. The west does not need to revisit that type of social and political meltdown. We can yet find a way forward. Key to a solution being found is strong leadership, collective international resolve, and nerve to make tough choices. The G20 meeting in Cannes may be the last chance for the world leaders to show these attributes. Up until now there has been a lack of leadership, unwillingness to act and confusion.

The current raft of measures being considered may help avert economic meltdown, but what is also needed is a workable solution to resolve the fundamental problems within the Eurozone. Until the issue of imbalances between creditor and debtor nations are resolved, any measures will prove to be a sticking plaster on the problem, and we simply stave off disaster for another day.

This is the hour our leaders need wisdom and an atmosphere controlled by the Spirit of God. Support Prophet TV so we can run an intercessory prayer trip into Europe at this key hour of decision making; It will impact upon your life as well as the lives of the next generation.

 

Lars von Trier Nazi Occult Cannes

Director Lars von Trier shocked everyone in the room during a Cannes press conference after presenting Melancholia, his latest film. In a rambling monologue that caused Larry David levels of awkwardness among the assembled cast (including Kirsten Dunst, John Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg), Lars von Trier dropped such gems as:

“For a long time I thought I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew,” he began, “then I met [Jewish director] Susanne Bier and I wasn’t so happy. But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family were German. And that also gave me some pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler…I sympathize with him a bit.”

“In fact I’m very much in favor of them. All Jews. Well, Israel is a pain in the ass but…”

“Now how can I get out of this sentence? Ok. I’m a Nazi.”

How do you top that? Well, how about answering a question about his next project with “We Nazis like to do things on a big scale. Maybe I could do The Final Solution.” You can see the Lars von Trier Nazi rant video here, in all its awkward glory.

At this point it should be clear that Lars von Trier was trolling, as he does rather often, and that he took the joke too far, even in spite of himself, as he later admitted.

Lars von Trier: From Nazism to Epic Porn

Lars von Trier later dissed Melancholia, describing it as “maybe crap”, and saying that he wants to cast Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg in a 4-hour porn film with “lots of uncomfortable sex”

Hollywood Reporter took Lars von Trier at his word, at least in their headline. What separates this from, say, a Mel Gibson rant is von Trier’s history of intentionally winding people up mixed with his tendency to get carried away with his own speeches and not knowing when to apply the brakes; Mel Gibson’s rants were private affairs that became public against his will.

Apologizing for the director, Kirsten Dunst said that von Trier tended to “run his mouth”.

Lars von Trier later apologized for his comments, describing them as “rude” and that he “didn’t sympathize with Hitler for one second”. Lars von trier has been banned from the rest of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Lars von Trier is no stranger to trolling audiences, having written and directed films like The Idiots, Dancer in the Dark, Breaking the Waves, and, most recently/infamously, Antichrist. After the conference, von Trier said, “This whole Nazi thing, I don’t know where it came from, but you spend a lot of time in Germany, you sometimes want to feel a little free and just talk about this shit, you know?”

Well, not really, but…

Continue reading at NowPublic.com: Lars von Trier Banned after Nazi Comments at Cannes 2011 (Video) | NowPublic News Coverage

 

Doonby at Cannes Film Festival

Doonby” is a low budget film set to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Set in the 1960’s in a small American town, “Doonby” explores the issues surrounding abortion. The film has already attracted controversy when the Hollywood Reporter revealed that the plaintiff in the Roe vs Wade case, which lead to abortion being legalised in America, played a part in the movie.

Norma McCorvey used the name Jane Roe, when she went to court to force the Texas authorities to allow her to abort her third child. The case eventually ended up in the Supreme Court, who ruled that no State had the right to make abortion illegal. The ruling has resulted in more than 50 million babies being aborted in America.

However, years after the Roe vs Wade case, McCorvey converted to Catholicism and became a strong advocate in the anti-abortion pro-life movement.

The film is set in the 1960’s whilst abortion was still illegal, and many women sought out back-street abortions. Jenn Gotzen plays a young party lover who finds herself pregnant. In seeking to abort the child, she is advised to speak to an older woman (played by McCorvey) who seeks to dissuade her from terminating her pregnancy. The movie carries a strong pro-life message, often overlooked in the liberal dominated media.

 

Cannes 2011: Embarrassing Sarkozy biopic

Nicolas Sarkozy was elected French President in 2007. His election was a sign of France moving away from socialism, and moving closer to America. Prophet TV was in France at the time of the election interceding for the nation. Before Prophet TV was in the region, the opinion polls in France suggested the socialist party would secure power, however, with the intercessory presence ushering in the Presence of God the atmosphere changed and France choose a pro-American President.

Following Sarkozy’s historic lead in the recent Libyan crisis and the burqa veil legislation in France, the International Cannes Film Festival 2011, to take place in May, has decided to choose the controversial film, La Conquête, as one of this year’s short-listed films to be premiere at the festival. The movie charts the French President’s rise to power, the break down of his first marriage, and the victory in the 2007 elections.

The La Conquête (The Conquest) may turn the French President into a national laughingstock. Sarkozy is already suffering in the French polls, due to the decisions he has taken in his Presidency to try and halt the nations addiction to socialism.

Sarkozy was due to attend the Cannes Film Festival this year, with his second wife Carla Bruni, who is appearing in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris. The viewing of La Conquête now poses a dilemma for Sarkozy on whether or not to attend.

The Cannes Film Festival is an event that shapes world perceptions via the media. In 2006 Prophet TV was interceding at the Festival during the long awaited premiere of the Da Vinci Code. By bring in the Presence of God, the demonic seeking to influence people through that movie was blocked and the movie failed the gain the praise of the Cannes critics, there were even some in the premiere who laughed jeeringly at the movie. The Da Vinci Code went on to be a box office flop worldwide.