08.02.2009 - Peter Cowie, Bertrand Tavernier
One of France‘s first rank directors, screenwriters, and producers, Bertrand Tavernier’s association with the world of cinema has been long and varied. He evolved from an ardent film enthusiast and critic, press agent to ultimately become a prominent and versatile director in his own right. Regardless of the subjects they explore, Tavernier lends his films great introspection and humanity, something that has established him as one of the French cinema's more progressive and compassionate figures.
His astounding range of films include his first The Clockmaker (1974, Special Jury Prize at the Berlinale), Life and Nothing But (1989) which won him the BAFTA for best film in a language other than English and a total of four César Awards, It All Starts Today (1999), which earned him awards at the Berlinale including the Jury’s Special Mention Prize, and his most recent In the Electric Mist which competes for the Golden Bear in the 2009 Berlinale. “My job is to dream and invent, and out of this produce something that will change the world“, he said in an interview at the 1999 Sydney Film Festival.
He will talk about his initial involvement in the film industry and his socially politicised viewpoint reflected in the diverse themes of his films – familial relationships, World War I and contemporary social ills.