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An extraordinary lineup of women celebrated for their fierce talents and bold screenwork

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 WOMEN IN MOTION dinner celebrating prominent women and young talents in the film industry. On the night, François Henri-Pinault (Kering) and Thierry Frémaux (Festival de Cannes) presented the eight WOMEN IN MOTION award to Viola Davis.

Davis delivered a powerful speech about making a 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.”

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

As the 2021 awardee, Lief director Shannon Murphy picked the talented Swedish filmmaker Ninja Thyberg as the 2022 Young Talent winner for her raw and gutsy debut film ‘Pleasure’.

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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)

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Shannon Murphy attends the annual Kering "Women in Motion" Awards Photocall at Place de la Castre on May 22, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

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