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27 May 2015

Cannes 2015 : Rokia Traore, la voix africaine du jury | the African voix of the jury

Rokia Traore sur les marches à Cannes  | on the steps at Cannes
© BERTRAND LANGLOIS / AFP
Cannes 2015 : Rokia Traore, la voix africaine du jury | the African voix of the jury

Source: culturebox.francetvinfo.fr. 18-05-2015

Photo: Rokia Traore sur les marches à Cannes  | on the steps at Cannes © BERTRAND LANGLOIS / AFP

Reportage à Cannes | Report from Cannes: N.Hayter, N.Berthier, C.Beauvalet




[English]
Composed of professionals of cinema, the Cannes jury is rarely comprised of singers. With Rokia Traoré, the 68th edition is an interesting exception. The brilliant Malian musician is elated to be part of this rich experience, treating herself to a delightful digression.

Under the American presidency of the Coen brothers, Rokia joins Xavier Dolan, Sienna Miller, Guillermo del Toro, Sophie Marceau, Rossy de Palma et Jake Gyllenhaal, ascending the world famous stairs almost everyday right up until the awarding of the Palm d’Or. But the extravagance and beautiful gowns do not go to her head. “To ascend the red carpet, it’s a great experience, but I also need to have a very simple life,” she stated to France3.


TEXT OF TRANSLATION FROM OF REPORTAGE À CANNES BELOW



[Translation of narration: Reportage à Cannes | Report from Cannes]

Narrator: A few weeks ago Rokia Traore would never have thought she would be in Cannes in the month of May. The Cote d’Azur she knows well, but this time she is not touring. When she was invited by the Cannes Festival to be part of its prestigious jury she said yes, with much delight.

Rokia Traoré: In general I like artistic expressions, whether through sound, movement, image, they tell us a story. Going to the movie theatre is like going to see an exhibition.

Narrator: And beyond the cinema-- there are the festivities. As a jury member Rokia Traoré ascends the prestigious red-carpeted stairs almost daily and attends as many gatherings. Hence, gowns are indispensable. One for each day, different forms and colours, to try them on is a great pleasure.

Rokia Traoré: This has the form of the boubou, I like this side of it.

Wardrobe coordinator: As soon as I saw Rokia Touré I knew it would be pastel and light colours, I stay away from beige and greige.

Narrator: Caution, this extravagance will not go to Rokia Touré’s head.

Rokia Traoré: To ascend the red carpet, it’s a great experience, but I also need to have a very simple life.

Narrator voice off with image of Rokia Traoré): For instance, to stroll along the shore of the Niger, a few kilometres from Bamako. She will return there after this enchanting pause, of twelve days immersed in the universe of the 7th art.

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