What was the process involved in making this documentary?
It all began in 2017, during long conversations with Dany Cohn-Bendit and Georges-Marc Benhamou – the producer of La Traversée (On the Road in France) – on what constituted France in our eyes: factories, farms, the public sector, hospitals, work, unemployment, a varied landscape. After these discussions, we decided to take two light-weight cameras and between February and October we travelled 15,000 kilometres on a journey of observation, listening and discovery.
What are your memories of filming La Traversée (On the Road in France)?
I remember long walks and impromptu encounters. During filming, we remained alert at all times, and paid careful attention to those around us.
After criss-crossing France, what were your thoughts? Does anything remain of May '68 in today's society?
We discovered an hospitable and welcoming France. A country that is able to look for answers to the various challenges that arise. May '68 is part of the country's fabric, it was a revolt that made France what it is today.
Emmanuel Macron also features in your documentary. Can you tell us a bit more about this scene?
We thought that if we were to follow the logic behind this film, in other words travelling through France to meet personalities, then it would be amusing to talk to the young and newly elected President. He agreed to take part right away. We filmed him the same way as all the other participants. And so the President became one of the film's encounters.