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In the Limelight: Bertrand Tavernier

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.



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Peter Cowie


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A film historian and former international publishing director of Variety magazine, Peter Cowie has written more than 30 books on major figures and eras of world cinema, including Bergman, Welles, Coppola and Kurosawa. He published and edited the annual International Film Guide for 40 years and has contributed numerous commentaries to Criterion’s DVD collection. He has been a consultant to Berlinale Talents since the programme’s inception in 2003.


Bertrand Tavernier


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French director, screenwriter and producer, his large palette of internationally acclaimed films include THE CLOCKMAKER, THE JUDGE AND THE ASSISSIN, CLEAN SLATE, SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY, ROUND MIDNIGHT, LIFE and NOTHING BUT, DADDY NOSTALGIE, D'ARTAGNAN'S DAUGHTER, IT ALL STARTS TODAY, SAFE CONDUCT, HOLY LOLA, IN THE ELECTRIC MIST (Berlinale Competition 2009) and THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER.


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