CannesSeries: Ovidie creates a series to challenge sexism

She may have “dropped out” of the profession for twenty years, Ovidie remains the X factor of CanneSéries. Black clothes and Gothic style, refined silhouette, bright red lips and large raven lock on her fine face… But the tone is assertive and the spirit of this doctor in letters has been expressed much more than the body for many years already. . His discourse on sexuality differs significantly from the dialogues for a bare scene with a gardener.

Ovidie, or his metamorphosis into a documentary filmmaker who questions the relationship to women’s bodies, in web pastilles on Arte or radio podcasts on France Culture. Proof that there is indeed another life, after pornography. That said, the former star of Orgy in Black, Lilith or First Experiences, winner of a Hot d’or on the Croisette, is back in Cannes with a Canal+ series “Ordinary people”, in the form of flashback to his 1990s. Except that the “hero” here is a young man from a good family, who voluntarily decides to shoot films of this… “to piss off” right-thinking society. From there, his exploitation, at home by his older companion or on film sets by women who have a firm hand on the X industry. Clever gender inversion, where the stronger sex is not the one usually designated. A male for a good, which makes it possible to denounce the ordinary sexism of society, in its daily banality.

Bygone era

“With the permutation of genres, certain everyday situations, a priori banal, are obvious, explains the person concerned. For example on the age difference between Romain, 18, and his thirty-something companion. If I had put in the opposite scene, no one would have picked it up, while there, we immediately see that the couple is not well matched! A prosex feminist activist during her career as an actress and then as a director, Ovidie may have helped to raise awareness about the underside of the affair, while keeping the senses alert. “I don’t know if the environment has really evolved, I am no longer. In 2017, my doc Pornocracy was an investigation into the uberization of porn, it was a bit like my epilogue, she confesses.

In my series, there are still VHS tapes, it’s before the Internet. These are the last golden hours of an industry which, in France, died on the Croisette in 2001, when this environment became persona non grata during the Cannes Film Festival.

Gone are the days when the girls of the pink square could mingle, even intertwine, with the tuxedos of the red carpet. Where the Hots d’or wanted to shine like a Palme d’Or, thanks to the incomparable exposure of its performers. “In our society, there is a kind of schizophrenia between a desire to be in transgression, and the stigmatization that it engenders, sighs Ovidie. The X had its place in Cannes, like any bis cinema. was the end of the reign of a declining milieu, which also had its cultural codes and its star status. Bringing porn actresses to Cannes allowed them to be invited to mainstream TV sets. Tabatha Cash or Clara Morgane even became muses of Canal +. Today, who can name an active actress? On streaming platforms, they no longer even have a name. Blonde, brunette, ebony, they are no more than a juxtaposition of tags… “

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CannesSeries: Ovidie creates a series to challenge sexism