CANNES, France (Reuters) – Oscar winner Julianne Moore said her experience in caring for individuals infected with the AIDS virus has fueled her decision to make a documentary film for her ; to advertise the unsung heroes who care for AIDS sufferers in the 1980s.
72nd Cannes Film Festival – Arrival on the Red Carpet – Cannes, France, May 16, 2019. Julianne Moore poses before the screening of the film "5B". REUTERS / Jean-Paul Pelissier
The film, which was screened in the first week of the Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of Ward 5B at the San Francisco General Hospital, the first specialized ward for people living with HIV / AIDS in the United States ,
In an interview with Reuters in Cannes, 58-year-old Moore reported she lost a friend to the virus shortly after graduating from college.
"It was late 1984 and it was a friend who went to Mexico and everybody said he caught the flu – and he died two weeks later and I was shocked," Moore said.
Later, the actress, whose most famous films included "Magnolia" and "The Hours," helped an AIDS patient at a New York hospital where friends and family were allowed to look after patients.
"There were a lot of people in 1985 who I knew were ill … and I cared for someone on a ward … I saw this movie and was so incredibly moved," she said.
The film addresses the issue of how nurses, who have seen an increase in the number of patients with this disease, decided to set up a care center. Alarmed at the lack of humanity that many showed at the time.
Cliff Harrison – one of the driving forces behind the treatment center, where employees ignored perceptions of clinical detachment and had physical contact with patients – expressed concern about the epidemic and suspicion that it was spreading.
"Suddenly, I found myself at a cocktail party and somebody asked me what I did and everyone was just spreading back," Harrison told Reuters as he discussed the film with Moore.
Dan Krauss, who co-directed Paul Haggis, said 5B has a message for the modern audience.
"It's about compassion and it's about dignity and it's about respect," said Krauss.
"If we include this in the national talks in the United States and elsewhere, we will probably have achieved something necessary at the moment," he said.
Every year, movie stars, models, and super-rich people visit a major HIV-AIDS fundraiser during the Cannes Film Festival, the AmfAR Dinner hosted by the US AIDS Research Foundation. This year's May 23 event took place after an HIV-positive man in the UK was freed from the AIDS virus worldwide, according to his doctors as the second known adult, after receiving a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor would have .
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