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Celebrating WOMEN IN MOTION at Cannes Film Festival 2022

(L-R) Thierry Frémaux, Ninja Thyberg, Viola Davis and François-Henri Pinault Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto

We’re looking back on a beautiful few days in Cannes for the 75th edition of the annual film festival. A highlight was the honour of being invited to the extravagant WOMEN IN MOTION dinner presented by François-Henri Pinault of Kering and Thierry Frémaux of the festival.

WOMEN IN MOTION celebrates prominent women and young talents who seek to raise women’s profiles in the industry. As the 2021 awardee, Lief director Shannon Murphy picked the talented Ninja Thyberg as the 2022 Young Talent winner for her gutsy debut film “Pleasure”.

The night’s honoree Viola Davis delivered a stirring speech about making change in the industry: “I always wanted my life to matter. I always wanted to leave this earth and leave a big fat hole in it. But, now that I’ve progressed in my career, what I’ve realized is I want to elevate storytelling for people of color.” the Oscar winner said, before adding “I want my ceiling to be someone else’s floor.”

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Shannon Murphy and Margo Mars
Rossy de Palma and Aissa Maiga
Isabelle Huppert and François-Henri Pinault. Photo by Boris Allin/Getty Images
Rebecca Hall and Riz Ahmed. Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: (L-R) Thierry Frémaux, Ninja Thyberg, Viola Davis and François-Henri Pinault attend the annual Kering "Women in Motion" awards dinner at Place de la Castre on May 22, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)

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Shannon Murphy

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Isabelle Huppert and François-Henri Pinault attend the annual Kering "Women in Motion" awards cocktail at Place de la Castre on May 22, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Boris Allin/Getty Images For Kering)

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Rebecca Hall and Riz Ahmed attend the annual Kering "Women in Motion" awards at Place de la Castre on May 22, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)