Saturday evening in Bordeaux, the Place des Quinconces will be transformed during a screening into a drive-in. A giant screen, spectators in their car, an FM frequency to capture the sound on their car radio and on the program Hippocrates, Thomas Lilti’s film with Vincent Lacoste and Reda Kateb, a nod to the caregivers mobilized to fight the virus. Will follow The invisible by Louis-Julien Petit, Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, Tom boy by Céline Sciamma or even The Grand Bain by Gilles Lellouche. A different film is scheduled every evening until May 24, the first stage of a somewhat special festival.
“Watching movies at home is not quite the same”
The Drive-in Festival was set up in just fifteen days by a collective of cinema professionals and enthusiasts, all volunteers. With the desire, after two months of confinement, to rediscover a bit of the magic of cinema. Pending a still hypothetical reopening of theaters, this type of projection very popular in the United States between the 1950s and 70s is the only one to respect the rules of distancing currently in force. Mathieu Robinet, former managing director of distributor Bac films, had the idea of resuscitating him to support exhibitors. ” There is a huge danger on the rooms, he explains. We want to give the public a taste for going to the cinema, which must remain this collective experience. Everyone realizes that watching movies at home is not quite the same “
An ephemeral and itinerant initiative
The festival will therefore only last until the halls close and will be itinerant. After Bordeaux, he should stop in Marseille, then in Hauts-de-France. Its programming reconciles ” diversity of genres, and artistic requirement while addressing the greatest number “, Specifies its organizer. And its principle is to be as inclusive as possible: use of local technicians and providers, tickets offered to those who cannot afford it through local associations, and car loans for pedestrians.
“ The operation is entirely voluntary and non-profit, underlines Mathieu Robinet. The drive-in beyond the mythology that it carries has no commercial future ” The screening will be preceded by trailers of the films that will be shown when the theaters reopen. As for any profits, they will be donated to distributors and operators to help them restart their activity.