France's Beaune Film Festival to Pay Tribute to Director Bertrand Tavernier

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Bertrand Tavernier

The French director will be honored with a career retrospective at the international film festival focusing on thrillers.

The year is shaping up to be quite busy for legendary French director Bertrand Tavernier. 

A day after the Venice Film Festival announced the BAFTA- and Cesar-winner will be the recipient of a Golden Lion lifetime achievement award, as well as serve as guest director of the festival’s Classics program, the Beaune International Film Festival will pay tribute to Tavernier with a career homage.

The festival in the capital of France’s Burgundy wine country focuses on thrillers, and Tavernier won its grand prize for his first English-language film In the Electric Mist, starring Tommy Lee Jones and John Goodman, in 2007.

A former film publicist and critic turned screenwriter and director, Tavernier is known for his film noir, including 1974’s The Clockmaker of St. Paul, which won France’s prestigious Louis Delluc prize at home and the Silver Bear in Berlin, and he took home the Golden Bear there for his thriller Fresh Bait in 1995.

He’s been a Cannes regular with four films in competition, including 2010’s The Princess of Montpensier, and took home the best director prize for A Sunday in the Country in 1984.

As previously announced, Oscar-nominated writer-director Daniele Thompson (Cousine Cousine) will serve as president of this year’s jury.

In its official selection, the festival is paying tribute to Seoul as its city of honor.

The festival runs from March 25-29.