For a Filmmaker, the Green Things in Life Are Free
YANN Arthus-Bertrand has sold more than 3 million copies of his book of photography “Earth From Above.”
His latest Paris exhibition featured videos of 5,600 people photographed in 78 countries, and it attracted 150,000 visitors in just one month. And his $16 million movie from 2009, “Home,” has been screened all over the world, including Bangladesh and the headquarters of the United Nations.
But in the United States, Mr. Arthus-Bertrand is a perfect stranger.
This year though Mr. Arthus-Bertrand is determined to convert American audiences to his sentimental vision of the environment. Next month his film — a succession of images of stunning natural beauty from 54 countries — in service of a warning against human excesses — will be shown free at the Village East Cinemas in Manhattan. The no-cost concept has delayed the film’s journey to the United States. “For several years, American movie theaters didn’t want to show it because the movie was free,” Mr. Arthus-Bertrand said in an interview.