Berlin 2013: Audience Award To Return To Edinburgh International Film Festival This Year

2:20 AM PST 02/12/2013 by Stuart Kemp

This year's Scottish capital shindig will also carry a retropsective on French director Jean Gremillon, organizers said during the Berlinale.

BERLIN -- Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) organizers used the Berlinale to platform the return of the Audience Award, last dished out in 2010, and a retrospective of the work of French director Jean Gremillon at this year's upcoming event in the Scottish capital.

In partnership with the British Film Institute, EIFF 2013 will celebrate the work of Gremillon, known for his French films of the German occupation in World War II, who is still regarded as not having gained the recognition his work deserves.

From his cinematic debut in the 1920s, one of the most fertile periods of French filmmaking, his work is imbued with the values of French impressionist cinema and saw him move from silent film to movies with sound.

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The 2013 EIFF retrospective will feature Gremillon's films, including Occupation-era titles Remorques (Stormy Waters, 1940), Lumiere D'Ete (Summer Light, 1942), and Le Ciel Est A Vous (The Sky Is Yours, 1944).

Titles will screen at EIFF in June 2013 before traveling to BFI Southbank, London, to screen throughout July.

EIFF artistic director Chris Fujiwara said: "Retrospectives can change people's understanding of film history by shining the spotlight on artists who, for whatever reason, have been neglected and undervalued. Jean Grémillon is such a director. The contemporary of Jean Renoir and Marcel Carne, he is also their artistic peer, a brilliant and original filmmaker whose works hold up today as stunningly modern. He can even be called a director who is still waiting to be discovered. I'm excited to be working with the BFI to bring these incredible films to British audiences."

The revival of EIFF’s Audience Award, returning after a two-year absence, was also unveiled in Berlin and is a welcome draw for a festival looking to attract titles from filmmakers and distributors alike for its lineup.

Last awarded in 2010, the prize went to Aaron Schneider’s Get Low, with previous winners including Man On Wire, Tsotsi and Amelie.

Voted on by cinema-goers attending public screenings, movies will be eligible from across the festival, chosen by Fujiwara to enter the popularity contest.

The EIFF runs June 19-30.

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