Denis Villeneuve might be basking in international glory and positive reviews following the release of Dune, but the Quebec-born director says he's still very much in touch with his roots. He even appears to have shown them off on set.
A photo and video clip posted to UQÀM's social media accounts show Villeneuve rocking his alma mater's merch while interacting with Dune cast and crew members.
"Good luck to our graduate Denis Villeneuve and his film Dune!" the university wrote on Facebook alongside a pic of the director wearing a UQÀM jacket. A TikTok video shows him wearing the same jacket as he walks by Timothée Chalamet.
Villeneuve got his B.A. in communications from UQÀM in 1992. In 2017, the university awarded him an honorary doctorate.
In one of the photos, according to an April 7 UQAM press release, Boudreau was partially revealing her breasts while holding her UQAM diploma in hand. In another, she appeared partially naked raising a "middle finger" in front of the UQAM logo and the institution's 50th anniversary visual.
"UQAM had no choice but to go to court because, despite three formal requests to the student, she continued to associate the university's name and logo with her intimate photos, and to market some of them to promote paid access to her website," the press release says, calling the photos "damaging [to] the institution's image and reputation as well as its official brand."
According to the release, the settlement was reached around one month after the photos first surfaced on Boudreau's social media accounts.
UQAM said it waived "all claims for damages and punitive damages against the student" — including a reported $125,000.
It also said Boudreau agreed not to publish, broadcast or share the photos, as well as any other photo of the same nature that uses a name, logo or reference to the university on her social network accounts or any other platform.
In a Facebook post, one of the organizers wrote, "We invite all people from all backgrounds, all genders, to come and support the movement... but above all to people who wish to abolish the patriarchal institutions of our society."
In terms of sexual harassment, 40.4% of LGBTQ2+ respondents said they had experienced an offence since the start of their time in CEGEP, compared to 31.4% of heterosexual respondents.
Both visible minorities and participants who were not visible minorities experienced similar rates of sexual harassment — 32.1% and 32.7% respectively.
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