Director of the committed documentaries “Demain” and “Animal”, Cyril Dion is one of the Netflix viewers touched by the satire “Don’t Look Up”, worn by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. He returns with us to the message of the feature film.
Since Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial on Netflix on December 24, Adam McKay’s satire has broken all records on the platform. And above all, the feature film generates an intense conversation between spectators, critics, journalists, activists or politicians, to such an extent that the hashtag #DontLookUp has now largely gone beyond the simple cinematographic framework on social networks, by establishing itself as a marker of questions (or inaction) in the face of climate change and the ecological crisis. Director of the documentaries Demain et Animal, currently in theaters, Cyril Dion has also mentioned a lot Don’t Look Up since the end of last year. The opportunity to come back with him on the impact of the film and its message.
DashFUN: How do you see “Don’t Look Up”?
Cyril Dion (director): I love. I think I am one of the first in France to have seen it. As I adore Adam McKay, we made an appointment with my son at 9:30 am on December 24, as soon as he came out, to watch him. And I kept saying throughout the film – and besides my son was fed up -: “But he’s so brilliant. But it’s so great. But it’s crazy!” Because he has found a form – which he has already experienced with The Big Short and Vice – which mixes satire, comedy and blockbuster codes at the same time.
He has managed to build characters that are particularly touching. And you have to admit that there are a lot of situations that were very familiar to me … When they find themselves on the set of the TV show, they go after Ariana Grande and then then he there is yet another trick and that you have to do all this with a smile, not to get angry and say things nicely … clearly, it’s kind of my life. When I find myself on shows with a lot of audience, that’s clearly what happens to me.
When they find themselves in Meryl Streep’s office at the White House, even if obviously it did not happen in such a caricature way, when I am for my part in the offices with the ministers or with Emmanuel Macron, we have the same feeling of speaking as if what we said did not reach our interlocutor. They say that they have heard, but we can see that this is not the case … All that is therefore very well felt.
And then, Adam McKay renewed something in the form to talk about these issues, climate change and the disaster to come. Without doing The Next Day. Without doing what we do, us, with a documentary like Animal. Without making a Dark Waters investigative film. And that is strong.
It’s really a movie about our inability to process this information and do anything with it.
In the end, “Don’t Look Up” is more about us humans facing the situation than about the situation itself.
Yes, completely. It’s really a movie about our inability to process this information and do anything with it. And it is once again extraordinarily well felt. He doesn’t just criticize politicians or journalists: even those who could be described as activists get in the face. When you see Ariana Grande’s concert, in the film … (Laughs) You see although it’s not going to be of any use at all and everyone is either having fun with Ariana Grande or embarking on a sort of desperate act …
When we see the character of Leonardo DiCaprio who still likes to be a little flattered, to be very happy to be on the covers of magazines, to appear on TV, to meet beautiful women and to be suddenly considered, here too, of course, we can identify with all that. We have all been there without doubt when we were covered in the media around these questions.
So, yes, I found it to be strong. And then just the fact that the movie sparked so many conversations is what you expect from a movie in the first place. Let him talk and let more and more people use the film as a starting point to ask new questions. And that, Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial the fact. And he does it all over the world. So it is successful.
The cultural battle, cinema and series are in the front row to lead it.
Precisely, we have the impression that the message that you have been carrying for all these years has never touched people as much as thanks to this film and its broadcast on a platform. It is obviously …