Adèle Haenel: 'I delete you from my world. I'm leaving, I'm going on strike, I'm joining my comrades for whom the search for meaning and dignity outweighs that of money and power' Photo: Richard Mowe
Haenel, 34, who recently has been seen recently on the barricades in Paris as part of the street protests against President Macron’s pension reforms, said in an open letter to the weekly magazine Telérama: “I delete you from my world. I'm leaving, I'm going on strike, I'm joining my comrades for whom the search for meaning and dignity outweighs that of money and power.”
Since 2019 Haenel has been working with choreographer Gisèle Vienne, a collaboration that has provided artistic fulfilment in a way that cinema has been unable to. She accuses the film industry of “vacuity and cruelty” but Haenel has vowed to continue her stage career.
In happier times at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 for Pierre Salvadori’s screwball comedy Trouble With You Photo: Richard Mowe
The veteran director considered her to be “a new Isabelle Adjani.” She returned to work with Sciamma on the award-laden Portrait Of A Lady on Fire which won her co-star a Lumière award as best actress.
She has form as a voice of protest. At the ceremony for the French Oscars, the Césars in 2020 she and Sciamma walked out in protest at the award of a best director statuette to Roman Polanski for An Officer And A Spy.
She has accused cinema’s power brokers of preferring that protesters “continue to disappear and die in silence”.