Bertrand Tavernier to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
by Vittoria Scarpa
- The French director is “a complete, instinctively non-conformist, staunchly eclectic auteur”, according to the director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera
The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will be bestowed upon French director Bertrand Tavernier at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, scheduled to take place from 2-12 September. “Tavernier is a complete, instinctively non-conformist, staunchly eclectic auteur. His filmography as a whole constitutes a body of work that is in part incongruous within the context of French cinema over the past 40 years,” explains the director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera, to justify his choice. “The importance that Tavernier attributes to filmmaking as a craft merges with two other components: his love for classic American films, whose ability to entertain he has assimilated without renouncing an expressive dimension, and his innate passion for political and social themes, which makes his films so remarkably personal and original.”
Tavernier has been in competition twice at the Venice Film Festival: once in 1986 with ‘Round Midnight (winner of the Oscar for Best Original Score and nominated for Best Actor for its lead, US saxophonist Dexter Gordon) and again in 1992 with the crime film L.627. He snagged the Silver Bear at the Berlinale for his feature debut, The Clockmaker (1974), based on a novel by Georges Simenon, and once again at Berlin he won the Golden Bear in 1995 for the crime film The Bait. In 1984, he was handed the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for A Sunday in the Country. In total, he has won four César Awards (the French equivalent of the Oscars).
(Translated from Italian)