Cannes 2022: Directors discuss the future of cinema

Cannes 2022: Directors discuss the future of cinema

Claude Lelouch, Guillermo del Toro, Michael Hazanavicius, Gaspar Noé, Paolo Sorrentino, Costa-Gavras…

Last night, Cannes festival celebrated its 75th birthday. Many film personalities gathered on the red carpet, then on the stage of the great hall of the Palais des Festivals: filmmakers and actors of all nationalities and generations. The most beautiful photos of this evening full of stars are to be seen here.

A few hours earlier, the organizers of the Cannes festival were planning a discussion between directors. Claude Lelouch (A man and a woman), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Robin Campillo (120 beats per minute), Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist), Mathieu Kassovitz (Hatred), Gaspar Noe (Irreversible), Paolo Sorrentino (The Big Bellezza) and Costa Gavras (Z) discussed the evolution of their profession. On Cannes Film Festival Twitter account a few quotations taken from this meeting are grouped together. We are sharing them here while waiting for the full video to be uploaded. Note that a second part will be organized this afternoon. In particular, the directors will be invited Julia Ducournau (Titanium), Rebecca Zlotowski (An easy girl) and Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin).

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“We are all filmmakers, our eyes are cameras, our ears pick up the sound, the brain does the editing.”
Claude Lelouch

“We are experiencing the end of a cycle with the Covid. Everything will be different. The cinema has changed, the spectator too.”
Costa Gavras

“In a cinema, we are alone, together.”
“Even on an iPhone, a Bresson film remains a Bresson film!”
“We have to do incredible things for people to come to the cinema. It is in our interest to follow our desires, with the idea that we are going to do something else, that we are going to surprise ourselves. .”

Robin Campillo

“It’s not the platforms versus the theaters.”
“Going to the cinema is the manifestation of a desire, the spectator wants it to work, because he has paid, it is part of the process of any show.”
“It’s very comforting to talk about the death of cinema, it allows us to talk about something other than war, climate change…”
Michel Hazanavicius

Michel Hazanavicus: “The filming of Coupez! was a real playground!”

For Guillermo Del Torothe real question today is: “Are we talking about screen size or idea size?”
“Making mistakes is wonderful, it’s very virtuous to make them!”
“You have to push people to understand the past as if it were something alive, something…vibrant.”
“I like to scare myself with each new film, do what I’ve never done before!”
“The obstacle is the way, as the saying goes. This detail that we hate on D-Day on a set is always, in the end, what will contribute to the greatness of a film. There is no bad tools, only badly used tools.”
“Animation is a real medium, which will have its place in the future. It will be our duty to take things seriously with cinemas, exhibitors, festivals, because it is a real genre.”

Guillermo Del Toro and Gaspar Noé on TV series:
DelToro: “Think of your favorite TV series, there are very few images, moments, that will surprise you.”

Noah: “Ah Chernobyl, for example, it’s a success, a 4 hour long film!”

“The collective experience, during screenings, disappears… BUT we find it here in Cannes!”
Gaspar Noe

“A good film takes time, it takes two, three years of work, you have to focus on one project at a time. I think we have to go back to the past and allow that time to be allocated to a director.”
“People are going to be tired of watching movies at home and they’ll be going back to theatres.”
“I practiced several mediums, but in the end, what I prefer is to make films as I did them at the beginning. It is only on a big screen that we find all the power of a story .”
“A director’s first duty is to tell a story.”

Paolo Sorrentino

“Cinema is handmade, in an artisanal way. It’s like a very beautiful watch!”
Mathieu Kassovitz declares his love to Guillermo Del Toro seated next to him, in particular to his film Cronos in 1993. “What tricks! Without computer-generated images! CGI, computer-generated images are one of the reasons that kept me away from directing.”

Claude Lelouch: “I am definitely a man of the present”

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