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Irons defends himself against critics of his Berlinale role

BERLIN (1) - Actor Jeremy Irons mentioned on Thursday he totally supported same-sex marriage and the ladies’s rights motion as he sought to dispel criticism over his role as president of the Berlinale movie pageant prize jury.

Jury president actor Jeremy Irons attends a information convention following a photograph name in the course of the 70th Berlinale Worldwide Movie Competition in Berlin, Germany, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

The selection of the British actor as head of the panel was criticised in German newspapers and the film press, who highlighted previous feedback attributed to him on homosexual marriage, inappropriate touching of ladies and abortion.

One critic famous it will have sufficed “to place the phrases Jeremy Irons and Me Too” right into a search engine to ascertain his inappropriateness.

“I ought to like – not because the jury president, however on a private stage – to handle numerous feedback that I've reportedly made previously, and which have resurfaced in sure sections of the press over the previous few weeks,” he mentioned.

“I want I didn’t must take up time with this, however I don’t need it to proceed as a distraction to the Berlinale.”

Devised within the aftermath of World Conflict Two in a divided metropolis on the frontline of the Chilly Conflict, the Berlinale is seen as probably the most overtly political of the foremost movie festivals, highlighting movies that champion progressive causes.

“I assist wholeheartedly the worldwide motion to handle the inequality of ladies’s rights,” Irons instructed the opening information convention of the 70th Berlinale, including that he was additionally a supporter of same-sex marriage and of ladies’s proper to abortion.

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“These three human rights are, I consider, important steps towards a civilised and humane society, for which we must always all proceed to try.”

He mentioned: “I hope that some of the movies we shall be watching will handle these issues.”

The pageant opens on Thursday with Canadian director Philippe Falardeau’s “My Salinger 12 months”, during which Margaret Qualley stars reverse Sigourney Weaver as an bold younger lady desirous to forge a profession as a author in 1990s New York.

In all, 18 movies are competing for the Golden Bear prize chosen by Irons’ panel.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt and Tara Oakes; Enhancing by Alison Williams

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