The Cannes Film Festival unveiled on Friday June 18 the seven films of a “ephemeral selection” special climate intended for “to incarnate cinematographically” the environmental commitment of the festival, which takes place from July 6 to 17.
“In 2021, awareness and defense of the planet will also be played out in the cinema”, write the organizers of the festival, which is implementing a series of commitments this year to reduce its environmental footprint (electric cars, climate contribution for accredited members, reduction in the use of paper).
Among the films that will be presented on the screens of the Croisette, Louis Garrel’s third film, The crusade, with in particular Laetitia Casta, a “fable of anticipation” where children “take power to protect the planet”. The screenplay was co-written with Jean-Claude Carrière, who died in February 2021.
The other films are documentaries. Six years after the success of Tomorrow, the activist Cyril Dion recidivates with Animal, following “two committed adolescents” against the collapse of biodiversity.
Actress and director Aïssa Maïga, author of Black Gaze on the representation of black women on screen, looks at the consequences of global warming in a village in Niger, in Walk on water.
Are also selected The Snow Panther by Marie Amiguet, on the expedition to Tibet which gave rise to the book of the same name by Sylvain Tesson (Renaudot prize 2019), and Bigger than Us, a documentary by Flore Vasseur, co-produced by Marion Cotillard, about young activists.
The Festival will also present an Indian documentary Invisible Demons by Rahul Jain, a “frightening observation on pollution” in New Delhi, and a film by Chinese director Zhao Liang I Am So Sorry, trip from Chernobyl to Fukushima on the dangers of nuclear power.