Football scandal girl film wins top Cannes prize May 24, 2019 0 557 12345 AFPCannesA FILM starring the former under-age escort at the heart of a scandal that shook the French football team won one of the top prizes at the Cannes film festival on Thursday.‘An Easy Girl’ was named the best film in the Directors’ Fortnight section with the judges lavishing particular praise on the big screen debut of Zahia Dehar, who made headlines when she was allegedly paid for sex when she was 17 by French soccer stars Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema.The players were acquitted of all criminal charges in 2014 when a Paris court ruled that they had been unaware of her age.Zahia, now 27, plays a “glamazon” party girl who leads her 16-year-old cousin through a summer of sexual and political awakening amid the nouveau riche jet set on the French Riviera.Critics had heaped praise on the Algerian-born Dehar’s performance, with the Hollywood Reporter comparing her “pouty, performative femininity” to 1960s French screen siren Brigitte Bardot.Known simply as Zahia in France where she is a stalwart of gossip magazines, Dehar has traded her trashy reputation for social media fame and her own lingerie brand.But now a film career seems to beckon.The film’s 39-year-old director Rebecca Zlotowski faced stiff competition for the top award from the equally rapturously received psychological thriller by US director Robert Eggers that starred Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.Eggers’ previous film from 2015, ‘The Witch’, is regarded as a horror classic. But Dehar and fellow newcomer Mina Farid’s “eye-catching” performances in ‘An Easy Girl’ helped win over the jury.Its head Dominique Sampiero called the film “troubling and fascinating” and said the jury wanted to reward Dehar and her “suggested figure of an escort girl who reads (Marguerite) Duras, which makes the story a modern morality fable... a kind of ‘Unbearable Lightness of Womanhood’.” He said her character brings the film “a strange innocence which allow her to escape the humiliations of male domination and leaves us feeling an infinity tenderness”.Zlotowski has a gift for rendering sensuality on screen. She scored a critical hit with her 2013 film ‘Grand Central’ with her pairing of actors Lea Seydoux and Tahar Rahim hailed as “generating off-the-scale sexual electricity”.Dehar told AFP that the she hoped the movie may help to reclaim the insult “easy girl” which had been thrown at women for centuries.“Easy girl isn’t pejorative, for me it’s extremely positive, it’s a woman who is at ease with her sexuality and is the equal of a man. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US House Speaker Pelosi calls for Trump family’s intervention with president May 24, 2019 0 1867 Malaysian officials go undercover to spy on non-fasting Muslims May 24, 2019 0 1108 ‘Traffic jam’ on Everest as two more climbers die reaching summit May 24, 2019 0 149 Two air strikes kill 14 Afghan civilians Kabul: Two air strikes have killed 14 civilians in Afghanistan in recent days, the United Nations said on Thursday, as the US intensifies its air war across the country. According to the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), .. Pakistan PM Imran suspends police amid outrage over child’s murder PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has suspended police accused of being slow to investigate the abduction and murder of a 10-year-old girl in a case that has sparked national outrage, a minister .. May’s Brexit bill delayed amid resignation pressure AFP London The British government on Thursday postponed Theresa May’s final Brexit showdown in parliament following an outcry over concessions that looked set to speed up the end of her tumultuous spell as premier. The .. Russian tabloid publishes ‘Skripal audio recording’ Moscow: A Russian tabloid on Thursday published what it said was an audio recording of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned along with his daughter in Britain last year. The Skripals were discovered .. US Senate committee unveils $750 billion defence policy bill REUTERS WASHINGTON The US Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday unveiled a draft $750 billion defence policy bill that would authorise more Lockheed Martin F-35 jets for the United States and effectively end .. Banker gave loans to gain Trump admin post NEW YORK: A US banker was charged on Thursday with approving millions of dollars in loans to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort in expectation of getting a top level position in the new administration. .. Indonesian troops flood streets after post-election riots Jakarta: Tens of thousands of Indonesian military and police were deployed on the streets of Jakarta on Thursday, as a deadline approached for a presidential challenger to file an appeal over claims of widespread ..