Djanis Bouzyani: “On the steps in Cannes, I hardly dare to smile or put a hand in my pocket”

A member of the Queer Palm jury at the 75th Film Festival, the actor reveals the “palms” of his most memorable moments at Cannes.

We discovered him at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2019, as a best friend with formidable punchlines in You deserve a love, the beautiful first film by Hafsia Herzi. Since then, we have seen Djanis Bouzyani in The divide by Catherine Corsini (presented at Cannes and awarded by the Queer Palm in 2021) and I Love America, alongside Sophie Marceau. This year, the 29-year-old actor is back on the Croisette as a member of the Queer Palm jury, which rewards a film for its treatment of LGBTQI+ issues. He awards, for us, the palms of his memories on the Croisette. Moving, embarrassing, or greedy.

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Little nonsense between friends

Your prize for the best spot in Cannes?
Wherever there is food, that’s fine with me. Any hotel room with room service, and a friend to chat with all night long.

Your palm of the best sidekick?
Hafsia Herzi. But also Sabrina Ouazani, Zita Hanrot, Lyna Khoudri and Guillaume de Tonquédec. People very close to me, with whom I am sure to have fun and do mischief.

Your palm of the best memory?
When we presented You deserve a love for the first time. I had not seen it, I discovered it at the same time as the public. Feeling the emotion in the room, and especially that of Hafsia at the end of the film, when we went on stage… It’s a bit like my big sister, and seeing her so moved made me very proud , and very happy for her.

Your palm of emotion?
I didn’t see it in Cannes, but I remember the day I saw The Life of Adele (Golden Palm in 2013, editor’s note). The way in which Abdellatif Kechiche describes the first emotions was magnificent. I left the room confused.

Your palm of the awkward moment?
Hafsia played a joke on me at Cannes: she told me that a great director had liked me in his film, and wanted to meet me. She encouraged me to go see him alone: ​​it was my moment, it would be important for the future. I approach him, I thank him: he didn’t know who I was. The poor guy was as embarrassed as me! Hafsia was dying of laughter. But I did worse: she is a fan of Frédéric François and I called her one day, making her believe that he was in a café downstairs from my house. She came and of course he wasn’t there!

Dare on the red carpet

Your palm of the most beautiful look seen in Cannes?
I love actresses from the 1940s and 1950s. So I’m thinking of Sophia Loren.

Your palm of the Cannes duo?
Hafsia and me, of course. But I remember Quentin Tarantino and Mélanie Laurent, when climbing the steps of Inglorious Basterds in 2009 that I had watched on television. I found it cool and fun, that she dares to dance, while I hardly dare to smile or put a hand in my pocket.

Your palm of the dish to eat on returning from the evening?
Something very, very greasy. Burgers, fries, mixing 1000 sauces together, ice cream, milkshakes… The fatter, the better.

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Djanis Bouzyani: “On the steps in Cannes, I hardly dare to smile or put a hand in my pocket”