The film how to have sex (“How to Make Love”) by British director Molly Manning Walker won the Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, May 26. “This film was the most magical moment of my life”declared, at the announcement of her prize, the director, for whom this is the first feature film, after sending a message explaining that she was dedicating it to “everyone who has been sexually assaulted”.
how to have sex follows three young friends who go to Crete for the holidays, in a seaside resort. One tries to lose her virginity but things go wrong. The film uses clichés about such vacations abroad – unlimited booze, pool parties and cheesy fries – to tackle the serious issues of consent and rape.
These scenes, the director does not film them, concentrating on the emotions. “I think as women we know that experience too much. We don’t need to be traumatized again.”the 29-year-old Londoner told Agence France-Presse in Cannes during the Festival.
Molly Manning Walker was particularly inspired by a sexual assault she suffered at the age of 16. “We should be free to drink and wear whatever we want without being attacked”, she added. Director of photography for other filmmakers, she has also directed music videos and commercials, as well as two short films.
The main parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, the Un Certain Regard section is devoted in particular to new talents. The jury for the 2023 edition was chaired by American actor John C. Reilly.