OH MY! Where do I start?
I am brazilian, and a cinematographer. The story portrayed here is the perfect OPPOSITE from the truth.
In short, we have just impeached the most corrupt government this country has ever seen (and, trust me, what you american and european friends consider corrupt pales in comparison to what we have here) and this director and these actors protesting in Cannes are just very well paid employees of the former, corrupt, outed government party, both in the practical AND literal sense!
Kleber Mendonça Filho (the director) actually had a job on the corrupt former government.
I was personnaly on a parade asking for the impeachment of this people in Copacabana beach, and there were more than ONE AND A HALF MILLION people protesting on the beach!! (march 13, if you wanto to check on Youtube)
About 9 in 10 people in Brazil wanted these people not only out of the office, but in jail. To give you an idea of the level of corruption of the guys these actors were defending in Cannes, just one minister was caught with 348 MILLION DOLLARS of bribe money! The amount of corruption is literally incalculable!
So, this article, as good spirited as I believe the author is, actually is an insult to every honest person in Brazil.
These people are criminals, not artists.
And the brazilians posting here defending the film, the former government, or bashing the new government are... never mind. Suffices to say that after this "coup de estate" as stated by them, the party outed made a coalition with the new "corrupt" government in almost 10.000 cities for the mayor elections... must be the first ever case of protesting against and working together at the same time!
I am very sorry if all this seem surreal, but unfortunately, that´s how we live here.