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Cannes jury president supports striking Hollywood writers

On Tuesday, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, who heads the jury that will award the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize this year, expressed solidarity with striking Hollywood film and television writers, stating that strike action was the only way to reform working conditions.

“It’s fantastic that people have such a strong collegial feeling that they can go out and strike.” “That’s how you change the conditions of your profession, so I’m like ‘yeah, go!'” said Ostlund, who won the Palme d’Or last year for ‘Triangle of Sadness,’ a comedy about economic inequality, and in 2017 for ‘The Square,’ a parody about the art world.

Actor Paul Dano, most recently of Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans,’ said he planned to join the picket line as soon as he returned from the French Riviera film festival.

“My wife is currently picketing with our 6-month-old strapped to her chest, and I will go be there with her on the picket line when I get home from here,” he added to applause.

Thousands of Hollywood film and television writers went on strike this month after the Writers Guild of America (WGA) failed to negotiate a deal for increased compensation from studios such as Walt Disney Co and Netflix Inc.

According to top executives close to the negotiations, the strike might last into the summer and possibly beyond.

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