PARIS — Locking down one of the most awaited French titles this year, the Cannes Film Festival will close on May 24 with the world premiere of Luc Jacquet’s eco documentary “Ice and the Sky.”
Sold by Wild Bunch, Jacquet’s documentary film is a chronicle of the professional and emotional journey of scientist Claude Lorius, who left in 1957 to study the Antarctic ice and is regarded as the first person to discover global warming and prove its existence. The docu catches up with Lorius as he attempts to leave a life legacy — a greater consciousness of the damage that humanity is doing to their planet. Extracts seen in Paris, buyers reported, were accompanied by a lyrical voice reflecting Lorius’ voice and emotions.
“Men will find the solidarity that will lead the people living on this planet to another type of behavior,” said Jacquet, who previously won an Oscar for his docu feature “March of the Penguins.”
“Echoing and supporting the fight of those who have been alerting for a long time, the Festival de Cannes is pleased to get also engaged by programming ‘Ice and the Sky’ to close its 68th edition,” stated the festival. “Programming such a film is sending it to the future and to make an appointment for a successful Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris from November 30th to December 11th.”
Penned and directed by Jacquet, “Ice and the sky” was produced by Eskwad and will be distributed in France by Pathé.
Cannes will run May 13-24.
John Hopewell contributed to this report.