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“I think it can, and I think it will. I think movies, I think art, can change the world. Otherwise, why? We believe that we’re creating the future. We believe the future is a creation of the present time. There’s a lot of reactionary forces in the current time that say, “The future will be darker,” but we are, also in the present time, a positive force creating the future, saying, “Oh, this can happen, and because it can happen, it will happen.” This is our responsibility as artists. I think I said it once. The third day of shooting, shooting the scene on the beach where Marianne finds Héloïse and cries and says, “Your mother’s coming back,” and they kiss. Suddenly, it’s this big, emotional thing. And the fourth take was like, wow. I called “cut” and I turned to my DP and I told her, “We are saving the world.” And she said, “We are saving the world.” And that was the first time we said it. Sometimes we said it as a joke, like, “Are we saving the world?” It was mostly a joke. But, of course, images and culture can change culture. It’s not pretentious. It’s actually modest. It’s not about saying, “We have this power.” It’s about believing in the power of culture and cinema. It’s not believing in our power, it’s believing in the power of what we do. Which I do. Maybe you’re gonna be important for, I don’t know, several hundred thousand people. But that’s a lot. If it was a cult, it would be very successful.”

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