The Biggest Scandals in Festival de Cannes History

From fainting to oral sex and everything in between, these are the most notable headline-grabbing upsets from the world’s most prestigious film festival

Running from May 16th to 27th, the crème de la crème of the world’s filmmaking talent are soon to descend on the French Riviera to celebrate the biggest, best and erm, most innovative flicks set for release this year. Along the movies set to be screened are: Wes Anderson’s starry Asteroid City, Pedro Almodóvar’s Strange Way of Life, starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal, the final Indiana Jones film, and Alice Rohrwacher’s anticipated black market drama La Chimera. All of which sounds like a good time.

But, writer’s strike aside, with Hugh Grant recently lamenting the fact that actors no longer get drunk and fall in love with each other on film sets any more, it might not be a particularly thrilling fortnight in the sun. Post Me Too, the film industry is finally, and thankfully, behaving itself. But, at Cannes, booing and bad behaviour is almost a right of passage, dating back to actress Simone Silva’s decision to go topless at a photoshoot in 1954. From actors threatening to assault festival bosses with baseball bats to far right sympathies, walkouts and more genitals than you can shake a stick at here are the festival’s most controversial moments.

Note, the following is not for the squeamish…

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