The documentary “A breath for the Arctic” looks back on your world freediving records, the festival’s common thread. What do you want to convey to the public about these polar dives off Greenland?
There are two things that are important. When we practice freediving, we first leave the land, the shore and then we move away from the surface. So we move away from our natural habitat, which is terrestrial, to go underwater. This sport allows great breathing, a feeling of envelopment and benevolence which is very rich and regenerative. Without even needing to speak, freediving is an invitation to a direct relationship with nature. This raises awareness and in my opinion is worth all the talk.
All the strength that I put in the effort and the competitions, I use it today for a public fight
The preservation of marine ecosystems is at the heart of your practice and shapes your work as a director. Is it also the role of athletes, to highlight and fight against the vulnerability of their playground?
In any outdoor or open water sports practice, the athlete can make a link between his sports commitment for a performance and his ecological commitment. This relationship is established naturally because the activity is linked to nature. Personally, I started with a strong implication for the competition before making an “ecological transition” towards a commitment in my documentaries and in politics (Aurore Asso became municipal councilor of the city of Nice, committed to the protection of the environment. sailor, Editor’s note). All the strength that I put in the effort and the competitions, I use it today for a public fight.
We are establishing the ocean as a common good of humanity
Is awareness-raising also the vocation of the International Festival of Films and Images of Underwater Worlds which is being held this weekend in Trébeurden (22)?
Yes. These festivals activate a collective dynamic, they bring together the general public and have an open window on the underwater world. This one takes place in Brittany, not in the center of Paris and that gives it all the more meaning. It is important that people come there.
All kinds of films will be shown on different destinations, different environments and as many people passionate about the sea. This crossroads of thoughts and images reactivates the need that we have to exchange ideas and comments on the conservation of the sea. ocean. Moreover, things are moving, we are in the process of establishing it as a common good of humanity. To look at the point of view of the directors and that of the children who will also make short films, is to observe the ocean with the heart and the desire to protect it.
The history of scuba diving is essentially male. You are among those who have raised the level of women to the world rank. Are they better represented in the discipline today?
We really have no problem with feminism or feminism (laughs). It’s rare, it’s true, and that’s good. It’s going really well, men and women get along perfectly in this sport and women are very well represented today.
I am in love with Brittany even if I am not from there. I find that the culture of the sea is really very developed in your area
You arrive in Brittany, among lovers of the ocean. Do you have spots where you can snorkel in the region?
I have dived a lot in the Glénan archipelago. I love this region. I am in love with Brittany even if I am not from there. I find that the culture of the sea is really very developed in your area. I particularly like these ecosystems where we observe the presence of seals, marine calves and gray seals. All the more so since their return is a consequence of the conservation measures taken by the Bretons and in particular the Iroise Marine Nature Park. It is a success of the restoration of marine biodiversity and for that, I am very attached to Brittany.
Underwater Worlds International Film and Image Festival, from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 October at the Sémaphore de Trébeurden (22)