Zoe Saldaña Highlights How Her New Film Emilia Pérez Celebrates Mexico's 'Rich' and 'Artistic' Culture

Zoe Saldaña is shining a spotlight on the vibrant tapestry of Mexican culture through her latest cinematic venture, Emilia Pérez, and she's eager to share its beauty with the world.

Zoe Saldaña Highlights How Her New Film Emilia Pérez Celebrates Mexico's 'Rich' and 'Artistic' Culture
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Speaking at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival press conference on Sunday, May 19, the 45-year-old actress expressed her deep connection to Mexican culture, citing her familial ties to the country. "Mexican culture is something that’s dear to my heart. I’ve lots of family still there," she shared passionately.

In Emilia Pérez, Saldaña portrays Rita Moro Castro, a lawyer tasked with aiding a cartel leader in a unique endeavor. Directed and written by Jacques Audiard, the film delves into themes of identity, justice, and the complexity of human experience.

Saldaña praised Audiard's creative vision in crafting a narrative that both confronts the challenges within Mexican society while celebrating its rich cultural heritage. "He celebrates the culture, which is so beautiful, and so rich, and so artistic," she remarked, emphasizing the film's exploration of Mexico's multifaceted identity.

The movie's world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival was met with resounding applause, with a standing ovation lasting nearly 10 minutes. Among the emotional reactions was Selena Gomez, who was visibly moved by the film's powerful message.

Additionally, Karla Sofía Gascón, who portrays a pivotal character in the film, addressed the importance of trans rights and representation. "People who are trans are often the object of insults or death threats simply because they exist," Gascón stated, highlighting the urgency of advocating for equality and respect.

As the film continues to resonate with audiences worldwide, Saldaña remains committed to using her platform to champion inclusivity and empowerment. With her upcoming roles in the Avatar sequels and her dedication to raising her three sons in an environment of gender equality, Saldaña is a beacon of inspiration both on and off the screen. Here's to Emilia Pérez and the transformative power of storytelling!