Jury & Presenteur
Edito Sylvain Tesson
In the 19th century, Russian novelist Ivan Gontcharov created the character Oblomov, a protagonist who incarnates the figure of the ultimate idler.
His homeland is his sofa. His life’s aim is napping. His favourite thing is doing absolutely nothing. The Russians adopted the word “oblomovism” to designate this penchant for utter apathy.
Behind Obmomov’s apparent resignation hides something more serious than simple fatigue. Here, we are dealing with a complete lack of desire, and a lack of desire is the doorway to death.
Completely opposite to Oblomov, I prefer the role of adventurer.
A person who stops at nothing. They shape their dreams and are eager to realise them. They love getting up and saying yes to life. They grab their ice axe (or their tiller) and forge their own path. They are never tired because they have chosen to live life to the full.
They lust after the peaks, a desert island, a wall, an ocean, a jungle, a steep mountain couloir… The Earth is a like a table dressed for dinner, and they are ready for a feast.
They see the world as a playground for their adventures and, unlike Oblomov, they sweep aside any nihilistic temptations.
Sometimes they fail. But what does that matter, when they have risen with the sun, bubbling over with desire?
One you have re-read Gontcharov’s Oblomov, open up the programme for the 26th edition of Val d’Isère’s Adventure & Discovery Film Festival.
Sometimes, it feels like our era has lost its passion for living, its confidence and its desire. Zero libido, as Freud might have said.
Thankfully, every year in Val d’Isère, these four days restore my faith in adventure.
Cédric Gras was born in 1982. He led long-haul trips, nurtured a passion for the mountains and studied geography before spending a decade in the post-soviet space. Having been awarded the Albert-Londres prize for writing in 2020, he wrote and presented a documentary series on the Arte channel. This year, he is publishing a new book: Alpinistes de Mao.
Freeflying world champion Domitille leads a free and thrilling life in the air. At age 15, she discovered parachuting and quickly moved into freeflying, for which she has won a number of national and international titles. In 2013, along with some friends, she created and developed a new discipline, “dynamic flying”, which is done in a wind tunnel. Highly committed to women’s sport, since 2013 she has been a member of Joyriders, an international collective of women specialising in aerial sports. In 2017, she teamed up with four business partners to create zerOGravity, an indoor skydiving centre that opened in August 2020 next to Futuroscope.
Alban Michon discovered underwater diving at age 11 in Troyes and became a diving instructor at age 21. In 2010, he discovered North Pole and dived under the Arctic icefield for 45 days. Then he went straight onto a 1,000km kayaking expedition in Greenland. His latest solo expedition saw him spend 62 days on the legendary Northwest passage in Northern Canada. In 2020, he opened France’s first “Explorer School” in Tignes, with the aim of training and helping futurs adventurers. Today, he is preparing for his next expedition, “Mission Biodysseus”: living for 6 months underneath the Arctic ocean.
Born in 1973, Linda Lorin is a journalist and French radio and television presenter.
Since September 2007, she has recorded the voice-overs for the Avis de sorties programme on France 5, and since 2012 she has presented on Radio Nova. Every day since March 2017, she has presented the Invitation au voyage programme on Arte.