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“Boycott Donald Trump,” said Amy director Asif Kapadia in Cannes on Friday.
“If he was president, I wouldn’t be allowed into the U.S.,” said the Oscar-winning filmmaker, who was raised Muslim. “Nor would the new mayor of London,” Sadiq Khan.
The comments came during the director panel at the seventh annual Winston Baker Film Finance Forum, which was moderated by The Hollywood Reporter‘s senior film writer Tatiana Siegel.
Kapadia, who has created his own distinct documentary style portraying ambitious and tragic figures including late soul singer Amy Winehouse and race-car driver Ayrton Senna, said there was “an interesting Trump movie to be made. But at the moment, it is a tragedy. … And I don’t think he needs any more attention.”
The director touched on his experience as a filmmaker who “crosses borders, where it isn’t an issue to make a film in India, in the U.S. or Japan, to make a movie not in English. That’s why I love movies because it is about crossing borders.”
Kapadia has several new projects in the works, including a feature documentary on soccer star Diego Maradona and narrative feature film Silver Ghost, about the founders of Rolls-Royce, which Kapadia will direct and Martin Scorsese will produce.
THR is the media partner on a series of film-finance events organized by Winston Baker.
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