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“Avatar 2”: Pandora, mirror of a disoriented humanity

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“Avatar 2: the best way of the water” arrives in French-speaking cinemas on December 14. Preview and interview with the Oscar-winning producer of the saga, Jon Landau.

“We would like viewers to know that ‘Avatar’ makes use of expertise in order that they overlook about expertise whereas watching the movie,” says producer Jon Landau (inset).

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Field workplace report holder James Cameron will save a depressing 12 months for cinemas with the sequel to essentially the most worthwhile movie within the historical past of cinema? “Avatar 2: the best way of the water”, from December 14 in French-speaking Switzerland, will in all probability herald lower than the masterpiece launched in 2009 (2.7 billion francs to this point). That mentioned, we anticipate quite a bit from this return to Pandora, repeatedly postponed and lengthy awaited.

To make our mouths water, Disney invited us in mid-September to a screening of excerpts from the movie in a London cinema. Whereas being cautious to not reveal too many particulars on the context of those scenes within the story and on the plot, which takes place ten years after the primary half. Here is what we picked up and discovered.

“Avatar 2” resurrects the scary Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang), left for lifeless 13 years in the past by the arrows of Neytiri. The villain seems right here within the type of a Na’vi avatar and continues to assault the blue humanoids. The significance of household is a central theme of the story. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) have three organic youngsters (eldest Neteyam, Lo’ak, Tuktirey) and two adopted kiddos (Kiri and Spider). It needs to be famous that Spider is a human and Kiri a Na’vi teenager, performed by Sigourney Weaver. The septuagenarian actress was clearly Dr. Grace Augustine within the authentic and died on the finish. As James Cameron mentioned, “In science fiction, nobody is ever really lifeless.”

Pushed from their forest paradise, the Sullys take refuge with the Metkayina, individuals of the ocean (whose non secular chief is Ronal, performed by Kate Winslet). The aquatic scenes are breathtaking of their magnificence and realism, even when the marine fauna may be very totally different from that which could be admired in a wildlife documentary by Richard Attenborough.

The second trailer for “Avatar 2”, launched in early November.

Producer of the saga, Oscar winner for “Titanic” and longtime confederate of James Cameron, Jon Landau gave us an interview in London.

Within the period of the supremacy of superheroes in cinema and the rise of streaming platforms, the place does “Avatar 2” place itself?

In the identical place as in 2009, that’s to say by providing one thing totally different and distinctive. I’ve nothing towards superhero films as a result of I am going to see them on the cinema, however “Avatar” is about one thing, has a theme. We do not come out of the room simply saying “wow, that was thrilling”, we additionally felt one thing. After which there’s some nice streaming content material, however most of it would not maintain up on the massive display.

“Avatar” was a technological revolution. What improvements on this sequel?

For instance, we shot underwater scenes that have been by no means carried out that approach. You in all probability know that the actors needed to shoot in apnea. However we predict much less about the truth that the cameramen and rescuers additionally needed to maintain their breath as a result of the air bubbles disrupted the movement seize system.

“It is not nearly defending the forests or the oceans. It’s concerning the want for people and society to have an ethical compass.”

Jon Landau, producer

And the way do you talk that to viewers?

We do not need to allow them to know. We would like them to know that “Avatar” makes use of expertise in order that they overlook about expertise whereas watching the film. So, whenever you take a look at a scene, you do not marvel if it is inexperienced screens or movement seize. We’re simply immersed within the story. You in all probability know that not each water scene you have seen has been photographed. Every part on the floor or below water was created within the pc. However for those who do not take into consideration that whereas watching these scenes, we pulled it off.

In that case, ought to ‘Avatar 2’ be nominated for an Oscar within the Greatest Animated Characteristic class?

No, and I will let you know why. By definition, an animated movie employs animators to drive the efficiency of the characters. Not us. Visible results are totally different. It is about integrating visible parts right into a photorealistic world that includes reside motion parts. We’ve sixteen cameras filming the actors and, once we transfer on to visible results, we guarantee that they’re those we see on display.

Did Kate Winslet discover a distinction between the James Cameron who directed her in ‘Titanic’ and the one in ‘Avatar 2’?

I believe one of many issues Kate observed was that whenever you’re directing a big-budget film with reside motion, like “Titanic,” it’s important to behave like a normal. It’s a must to transfer the cranes, the lights, the hundreds of extras. And all the time directing the actors and getting the performances you need. While you make a movie with movement seize, you do not fear concerning the cranes, the sunshine, the truth that the solar goes to rise in half an hour or that it is going to rain tonight. What issues is the efficiency of the actor. James’ favourite factor about directing is working with the actors.

“Avatar” was an eco-fable. “Avatar 2” is launched amid world eco-anxiety. What impression on this movie?

We knew we needed to proceed to ship this inexperienced message as a result of it is essential. Filmmakers have a accountability to attempt to affect and alter issues. However there are different issues in our world. Youngsters are searching for one another, for instance. Within the movie, Kiri and Lo’ak strive, every in their very own approach, to find their identification. Kiri has by no means met her mom or father and questions the aim of her existence. Lo’ak considers himself an outcast as a result of he’s totally different. He’s mixed-race, a member of the one mixed-race household in the neighborhood, and lives within the shadow of his father who was a hero. After which take a look at what occurs to the Sully household. They’re pressured to flee their houses and turn out to be refugees. Once more, it is a matter very applicable at the moment. Lastly, there are the invaders. What are they searching for? Why are they coming again? It’s due to this fact not only a query right here of defending the forests or the oceans. It’s concerning the want for people and society to have an ethical compass.

We don’t but know the reply to a number of questions posed by this sequel. For instance, how Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang are again. Are you trying ahead to revealing all of this to viewers on this installment and past?

I believe audiences usually need the whole lot to be properly resolved in a film. Not us. We’re curious individuals and wish to preserve a little bit of thriller. We would like the story to come back to its conclusion, however not each query requires a solution. We go away some questions unanswered on this movie and will probably be the identical within the subsequent installments.

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