The Cannes Film Festival said on Monday it supports French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius’ decision to change the name of his film, which was originally titled Z (Like Z) and will open the 75th edition of the festival next month.
Hazanavicius and his partners earlier today changed the name of the zombie comedy to Cut! (Cut!). The international title remains final cut.
The “Z” in the title was billed as “an homage to the genre film it echoes,” the festival said in a statement. “Since the letter Z took on a warlike meaning with the war of aggression waged against Ukraine by the Russian government, there can be no such confusion or ambiguity.”
The festival added: “With this choice, the director, the producers and the distributor of the film, the Cannes Film Festival, and by extension, all French cinema, mark their solidarity with the Ukrainian people who suffer and reaffirm their strong opposition. to the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army.
final cut will open Cannes on May 17 in its Out of Competition box. Bérénice Bejo and Romain Duris star in the pic, which follows a small film crew shooting a low-budget zombie movie. Events go south when attacked by real zombies.
Hazanavicius, who made the Oscar nominee The artist, directed and wrote a story by Shin’ichirô Ueda and Ryoichi Wada. The pic was originally slated to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival before that event went virtual this year due to concerns over a Covid surge.
Cannes this year returns to an in-person event from May 17-28.