Shock at Cannes Film Festival: dressed in Ukraine colors covers herself in fake blood

A protester wearing a dress in the colours of the Ukrainian flag staged a dramatic demonstration on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival last Sunday 21 May by pouring fake blood on herself before being dragged away by security.

In an apparent show of support for the war-torn country, the unidentified young woman doused herself with a red substance at the premiere of Just Philippot's film 'Acid'.

The woman appeared on the red carpet in a floor-length blue and yellow ball dress.

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Cannes Film Festival 2023
A protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine was staged yesterday, Sunday 21 May, at the 76th Cannes Film Festival.
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A young woman is the protagonist
The protagonist was a young woman who, dressed in a long dress in the yellow-blue colours of the Ukrainian flag, pulled two bags of fake blood out of her neckline, which she dripped onto herself, before being removed by security personnel.
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The moment of the protest
The incident took place on the steps of the 'Palais des Festivals' shortly before the screening of the film 'Acid', by French director Just Philippot, in front of the audience and photographers.
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The identity of the woman is unknown
The identity of the protester has not been released at the moment, although the aim of her protest is explicit. To condemn the ongoing bloodshed in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion last year.
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The Zelensky effect
The protest came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky compared Russia's violent destruction of Ukraine to the devastation seen in Hiroshima.
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