Tomorrow (2015 film)

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Tomorrow
Film poster of Tomorrow with the subtitle "All over the globe, solutions already exist".
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Cyril Dion
Mélanie Laurent
Produced by Bruno Levy
Written by Cyril Dion
Music by Fredrika Stahl
Cinematography Alexandre Léglise
Edited by Sandie Bompar
Production
company
Move Movie
Mars Films
Mely Productions
France 2 Cinéma
Distributed by Mars Distribution
Release date
  • 11 November 2015 (2015-11-11) (Sarlat Film Festival)
  • 2 December 2015 (2015-12-02) (France)
Running time
118 minutes
Country France
Box office $11.3 million[1]

Tomorrow[2] (French: Demain) is a 2015 French documentary film directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent. Faced with a future that scientists say is a great cause for concern,[3] the film has the distinction of not giving in to catastrophism. Optimistically, it identifies initiatives that have proven themselves in ten countries around the world: concrete examples of solutions to environmental and social challenges of the twenty-first century, be it agriculture, energy, economy, education and governance.

Unusually for a documentary film, Tomorrow exceeded a million entries in France.[4] It won the 2016 César Award for Best Documentary Film and was distributed in 27 countries.[4]

Description[edit]

The film is organised in five chapters:

  • Agriculture (food)
  • Energy
  • Economy
  • Democracy
  • Education

Production[edit]

Funding[edit]

Tomorrow's production team fell short in funding. On 27 May 2014, the team launched crowdfunding activities on the internet platform KissKissBankBank with the objective of gathering 200,000 Euro to finance the movie and fund the rental of shooting equipment.[5] Two months later on 26 July the team had raised 444,390 Euro - more than a quarter of the budget of the movie - with the help of 10,266 contributors.[6] Bisous

Contributors[edit]

Initiatives taking place in France (including Réunion), Finland, Denmark, Belgium, India , the United Kingdom, the United States, Switzerland, Sweden and Iceland are presented.[4] Here is a list of people making appearance in the film:

Analysis[edit]

Unlike other documentary films that focus instead on the cause of global environmental imbalances and their negative consequences (such as Le syndrome du Titanic, The Eleventh Hour, An Inconvenient Truth, That Should Not Be: Our Children Will Accuse Us and Home[8]), Tomorrow offers a constructive approach (similar to Solutions locales pour un désordre global) putting forward solutions to environmental problems facing mankind.[9]

Accolades[edit]

Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
César Awards[10] Best Documentary Film Won
Lumières Awards[11] Best Documentary Nominated
COLCOA French Film Festival[12] Best Documentary Won

Impact[edit]

The movie is cited by many French people as the trigger for a new kind of engagement in the course of the following years. The co-director Cyril Dion has since been using the movie's success to support the mouvement Colibris (Hummingbird movement), a group looking forward to change modern lifestyle, e.g. during the French presidential campaign of 2017.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Demain, Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ Jordan Mintzer, "'Tomorrow' ('Demain'): Film Review", The Hollywood Reporter, 15 December 2015 (page visited on 31 August 2016).
  3. ^ a b c Anthony Barnosky, Elizabeth Hadly et al., "Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere", Nature, number 486, 7 Juin 2012, pages 52-58 (page visited on 31 August 2016). In addition to this article (mentioned in the film), Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly also wrote the book End Game: Tipping Point for Planet Earth?, 2015 (ISBN 978-0007548170).
  4. ^ a b c Official website of Tomorrow (page visited on 8 September 2016).
  5. ^ Cyril Dion, Demain, un nouveau monde en marche, Éditions Actes Sud, collection « Domaine du possible », 2015, page 18 (ISBN 978-2-330-05585-1)
  6. ^ "#Demainlefilm a de bonnes nouvelles pour vous". KissKissBankBank. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  7. ^ Matt Richtel "San Francisco, ‘the Silicon Valley of Recycling’", The New York Times, 25 March 2016 (page visited on 1 September 2016).
  8. ^ See notably: (in French) Thierry Paquot, article "Cinéma", in Dominique Bourg and Alain Papaux, Dictionnaire de la pensée écologique [Dictionary of Ecological Thinking], Presses universitaires de France, 2015 (ISBN 978-2-13-058696-8).
  9. ^ (in French) Antoine Duplan, "« Demain » permet de croire à demain", Le temps, 18 December 2015 (page visited on 19 June 2016).
  10. ^ "César Awards: 'Fatima' Scoops Surprise Best Picture Win; 'Mustang' Best Debut, Screenplay". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Prix Lumières 2016 : Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse et Mustang en tête des nominations". AlloCiné. 4 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Palmarès COLCOA 2016: Les Innocentes, 10% et Le Bureau des légendes primés". Allociné. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  13. ^ Diane Lisarelli (2017-04-13). "Le monde après "Demain"". liberation.fr (in French). Retrieved 2017-04-13.

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