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A screaming woman crashed the Cannes red carpet premiere for George Miller’s ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’

Not much is known about why the woman disrupted the red carpet event, but she was removed quickly by security.

Three Thousand Years of Longing Red Carpet
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Details are still emerging about why a screaming woman donning little more than body paint crashed the Cannes Film Festival red carpet premiere of George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing Friday.

The woman, who was not wearing a shirt and had the colors of the Ukrainian flag spray-painted on her torso with the words “Stop raping us,” was quickly removed by security prior to Three Thousand Years‘ stars Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton entering that same area of the red carpet at the Palais premiere of the film, Variety reports.

The woman also had the word “scum” written on her lower back and what appeared to be blood red-colored paint on her lower back and legs. Several security guards immediately came to cover the woman up and remove her from the red carpet.

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Not many other details are known about the incident, though Variety did reach out to the Cannes Film Festival press office for comment. However, several people captured the incident on social media.

Kyle Buchanan, a New York Times writer, said the woman was standing immediately in front of him when she suddenly stripped off all her clothes, revealing she was covered in body paint, fell to her knees, and began screaming in front of photographers. At one point, the security personnel who were escorting the woman out of the area covered up his camera to block it from filming, he said.

The trailer for 3000 Years of Longing also premiered Friday, and it teases a fantastical story of an academic’s encounter with wish-granting Djinn. It is expected to be released in theaters this summer.

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Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'