Bertrand Tavernier to Get Lifetime Achievement Honor at Venice Film Festival

Bertrand Tavernier
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The French auteur will be honored at the 72nd edition of the festival.

At the upcoming 72nd Venice International Film Festival, Bertrand Tavernier will receive a Golden Lion lifetime achievement honor.

The French director is known for films rich in political and social commentary, as well as having a strong influence from American cinema. He is as influenced by John Ford as he is by Jean Renoir

“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 forty years,” said festival director Alberto Barbera in a statement.

“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,” he continued, “which makes his films so remarkably personal and original.”

The director has had two films in competition in Venice, his ode to jazz, Round Midnight in 1986, which won an Oscar for best score as well as a best-actor nomination, and the detective story L.627 in 1992. Among his many career awards, he received a Silver Bear in Berlin for his debut feature The Clockmaker in 1974, and a Golden Bear in Berlin in 1995 for his detective film Fresh Bait.

He won a BAFTA award for best foreign film in 1990 for Life and Nothing But. He won Best Director in Cannes for A Sunday in the Country in 1994, and he’s taken home four French Cesar awards.

In addition to receiving the award in Venice, Tavernier will serve as guest director of Venice Classics, curating a host of rare or forgotten films.

The 72nd Venice International Film Festival runs Sept. 2-12.