Are there any Besson guidelines, editorial guidelines as we sometimes say,
Besson guidelines for this Cannes festival?
Is there a pedagogical will on your behalf?
No, that would be very pretentious on my behalf.
I'm very happy to see all of those movies
because since I work a lot,
I haven't been to the movies in several weeks,
so now, I'm very happy and I'm going to see 2 or 3 every day.
Also, around twenty years ago, when I used to come to the festival,
I had trouble seeing them.
I couldn't enter the festival because I didn't have the card.
So now that I have the card, I'm not going to hold myself back and I'm going to see as many as I can.
Well, we've seen your success in the United States, and also your success in France,
but would you say that there's two types of cinema:
an American cinema which is a menace to ours
or a French cinema which is especially present in Cannes?
No, no, I don't think so.
I think that there's good films and there's bad films
and I think that everyone agrees which ones are the good ones - whether they're successful or not -
and, I also think that everyone recognises which films are the bad ones.
In fact, it's quite simple.
Currently, you're going to be producing several first films.
Is this a position that you feel like exploring more, and pursuing?
Let's just say that I'm lucky to possess certain tools
and I'm trying, perhaps, to give something back... I don't know, lending a helping hand to these young film-makers who've approached me
and giving back what I once received.
I really would have liked for others to reach out a bit more to me in the beginning.
Some had done so, like Pierre Jolivet
or people like Beineix, who really helped me out in the beginning,
and I would just like to do something a bit similar.
I think that, in this business, everyone should give back a bit of the pleasure and happiness that they received thanks to their films.
So, now for approximately fifteen days, people are going to be calling you "Mr. President".
Does this mean that you're going to change your look?
That you're going to change the Besson style?
I put glasses on because I have a bunch of stuff in my eyes,
so, I'm not being pretentious, I haven't changed.
I'm still the same.
I haven't put... I don't become the president of Cannes just by wearing black glasses, but my eyes hurt a lot.
What did you say to me?
I was saying: since people are going to be calling you "Mr. President" for 15 days, it might change you.
Yes, that's true.
I went for lunch on the beach and a waiter called me "Mr. President
It felt... I looked at him to see if he was making fun of me, but, in fact, he was serious.
So I'm going to have to get used to it.
My pals call me "President Camembert", so I'm going to have to get used to that as well.
But... no but I still think that we shouldn't take ourselves too seriously, you know.
I mean, it's still just cinema, you know.
Anyways, thank you very much,
and now, I think that you're going to have to remain silent during the entire duration of this festival.
I won't say anything else.