Ice and the Sky to close Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- The environmental documentary by Luc Jacquet will be screened on 24 May, bringing the 68th Cannes Film Festival to a close
We just needed the closing film to round off the official selection of the 68th Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May 2015). That movie has now been revealed as the documentary Ice and the Sky [+see also:
film profile] by Luc Jacquet. It is the fourth feature film by the director, following The Emperor’s Journey [+see also:
film profile] (winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2006), the fiction film The Fox & the Child [+see also:
film profile] (2007) and Once Upon a Forest [+see also:
film profile] (nominated for the César Award for Best Documentary in 2014).
Ice and the Sky (the screenplay for which was written by Luc Jacquet) deciphers the discoveries of scientist Claude Lorius, who headed off to study Antarctica’s icefields in 1957. This first campaign in the Far South was the founding act of his entire life. In these virgin lands, where no experiments had been conducted before, he realised that each air bubble contained within the icefields at each of the poles was a snapshot of the atmosphere from the era when it was captured. This discovery led to drilling activities that enabled him to go back more than 400,000 years into the history of our climate. Buoyed by this knowledge, throughout his entire life Claude Loris (today aged 82) would go on to try to make people fully aware of the perils that humankind is imposing on its own planet. But all too often, he is met with silence, a lack of understanding, denial and pressure...
(Translated from French)