If you work in the audiovisual industry, there is a good chance that you will be seen on the French Riviera this week. Two major events are taking place: the Canneséries festival, for its 4th edition, but also the Rencontres internationales du cinéma des antipodes, in Saint-Tropez. For its 23rd edition and after a blank year, Covid-19 obliges, the cinematographic meeting has planned a whole diversity of works.
It also opened in the presence of Prince Albert of Monaco, one of the two main characters of the documentary film. Alick and Albert, by director Douglas Watkin. Before this screening, the guests were able to discover a photo exhibition retracing the highlights of this documentary film in which Prince Albert II of Monaco is one of the main characters. Many personalities were present for the opening, such as Sonia rolland and Samuel Le Bihan.
Bernard Bories, president of the Cinéma des Antipodes, Sylvie Siri, the mayor of Saint-Tropez, Robert Calcagno, the director general and spokesperson of the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco, Greta Morton Elangué, president of the jury, Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, Pierre Dartout and the Minister of State of Monaco, Gérard Krawczyk was also present for this beautiful opening night.
In Alick and Albert, directed by Douglas Watkin, Alick Tipoti, island artist and indigenous languages activist, welcomes Prince Albert II of Monaco to Badu Island, in the Torres Strait, in northern Australia. This first visit by a foreign head of state to the Badulgal community follows a meeting in Monaco in 2016 on the occasion of the “Taba Naba” exhibition, presented at the Oceanographic Museum. Both the artist and the prince are driven by the legacy of their ancestors and their personal commitment to the natural world, especially the ocean. They discuss the similarities and contrasts of their communities so far apart, and reflect on patriarchal societies and the environmental crisis they are going through.