Macia vows to remain in Cannes

Fest exec 'refuses and contests the legitimacy' of decision

PARIS — Ousted Directors Fortnight topper Marie-Pierre Macia is refusing to leave, despite the decision not to renew her contract by the French helmers’ group that runs the Cannes Film Festival sidebar.

A statement issued Monday by Macia and the Fortnight staff slammed the decision by the Societe des Realisateurs du Films (SRF) as “arbitrary, brutal and unilateral.” It compared the artistic director’s sacking to Italo Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s surprise ouster of Venice Film Fest topper Alberto Barbera last year.

“The SRF’s methods endanger the liberty, independence and financial health of the Directors Fortnight,” the statement said. The staffers accuse SRF members of taking little interest in Fortnight films.

Macia was not notified directly of her firing, which she learned about in the press. Until she receives written notification by the SRF, Macia “refuses and contests the legitimacy” of her ouster and will maintain her staff “to assure the continuation of the Fortnight during the coming months,” which includes a series of foreign screenings of the 2002 Fortnight films.

Macia signed a five-year contract in June 2000 to run the Fortnight through its 2005 edition.

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