Cannes: Global Warming Documentary 'Ice and the Sky' to Close Festival

Ice and the Sky Still 2015

The film, from 'March of the Penguins' director Luc Jacquet, is described as 'a hymn to save the planet.'

Ice and the Sky, a documentary about gl warming from Oscar-winning French director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins), will close this year's Cannes Film Festival. 

In the documentary, Jacquet explores the discoveries of Claude Lorius, who has been studying Antarctic ice patterns for decades and was one of the first scientists to raise the alarm about global warming. Lorius, now 82, who appears in the film, differs from many climate scientists in that he remains hopeful about mankind's ability to change course to avert disaster. 

"I believe that men will still up. Men will find the solidarity that will lead the people living on this planet to another type of behavior," Lorius said in a statement.

Jacquet's documentary work has often focused on the natural world. In addition to March of the Penguins, which won the Oscar for best documentary in 2006, and grossed around $130 million worldwide, his credits include Once Upon a Forest (2013) and The Fox & The Child. The director has also set up an NGO, Wild Touch, which aims to educate young people on the need to respect and preserve the planet.

"Cannes is a huge opportunity for this film and for what it says," Jacquet said in a statement. "Showing this film in the world's largest film festival is contributing to this huge challenge facing humanity as quickly as possible to secure its future and the future of the planet. My language is cinema. In different times, I would have made other films. But I make fierce cinema, political cinema, cinema that has no choice."

Cannes stressed the political nature of its choice in closing film, noting that it sent a message to officials who will be attending the Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year.  

Production house Eskwad produced Ice and the Sky and Pathe is releasing the film in France. Wild Bunch is handling international sales. 

The film will close the 68th Cannes International Film Festival on May 24, screening out of competition.