Brazil stars at Cannes stage pro-Dilma protest on red carpet

(From left) Brazilian actress Maeve Jinkings, Brazilian actress Sonia Braga, producer Emilie Lesclaux and Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho hold signs reading 'A coup took place in Brazil', 'Brazil is experiencing a coup d'etat' as they arrive
(From left) Brazilian actress Maeve Jinkings, Brazilian actress Sonia Braga, producer Emilie Lesclaux and Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho hold signs reading 'A coup took place in Brazil', 'Brazil is experiencing a coup d'etat' as they arrive for the screening of 'Aquarius' during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, on May 17, 2016. PHOTO: EPA
Brazilian actress Maeve Jinkings, Brazilian actress Sonia Braga, producer Emilie Lesclaux, Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho and guests hold signs such as one reading 'A coup took place in Brazil' as they arrive for the screening of 'Aquarius'
Brazilian actress Maeve Jinkings, Brazilian actress Sonia Braga, producer Emilie Lesclaux, Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho and guests hold signs such as one reading 'A coup took place in Brazil' as they arrive for the screening of 'Aquarius' during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, on May 17, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

CANNES, France (AFP) - Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho and the team of his new movie staged a protest at the Cannes film festival on Tuesday (May 17) in support of unseated Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff.

The actors held up sheets of paper with the slogans "Stop the coup in Brazil", "Brazil is not a democracy anymore" and "54,501,118 votes set on fire" after turning to face the photographers as they walked up the red carpet for the screening of "Aquarius".

One opened his tuxedo shirt to reveal a T-shirt showing an image of "Super Dilma".

The cast, which includes telenovela superstar Sonia Braga, were cheered when they entered the cinema to take their seats, where a few audience members also unfurled a banner saying "Stop the coup in Brazil".

Rousseff later tweeted her thanks to the cast, saying "Thank you for the support!"

The left-wing leader was replaced by acting President Michel Temer last week after months of street protests calling for her to go.

The Senate voted to open an impeachment trial on charges that Rousseff illegally manipulated the budget.

But her ousting sparked more street demonstrations and controversy over the absence of female ministers in Temer's interim government.

"Aquarius", a domestic drama which has been well received by critics, is one of 21 films in the running for the Palme d'Or at the world's most important movie festival.