Director Bertrand Tavernier died Thursday at the age of 79, announced the Institut Lumière in Lyon, which he chaired. “With his wife Sarah, his children Nils and Tiffany and his grandchildren, the Lumière Institute and Thierry Frémaux have the sadness and the pain to inform you of the disappearance, today, of Bertrand Tavernier”, tweeted the institution dedicated to the 7e art.
Eminent personality of French cinema, artist committed to eclectic work and recognized abroad, Bertrand Tavernier has made period and contemporary films, with a predilection for societal subjects.
He was also a great cinephile invested in the preservation and transmission of films, driven both by the desire to defend independent French cinema and the passion for American cinema from the 20th century.e century.
His films have been widely rewarded: 74 Louis-Delluc prize for “The watchmaker of Saint-Paul”, Oscar nomination 83 for “Coup de torchon”, director’s prize in Cannes in 1984 for “Un dimanche à la campaign ”, BAFTA 90 for Best Foreign Film for“ Life and Nothing Else ”, Golden Bear 95 in Berlin for“ The Bait ”, Golden Lion in Venice for Lifetime Achievement.
Bertrand Tavernier was born on April 25, 1941 in Lyon, a high place of cinema with the Institut Lumière, of which he was president. Son of the writer and resistance fighter René Tavernier, he discovered cinema during a stay in a sanatorium.
Bertrand Tavernier honored on Netflix
At the beginning of March, Netflix chose to pay tribute to the immense career of the French director by uploading several of his feature films. Thus, for several weeks, subscribers have been able to (re) discover “L’Horloger de Saint-Paul”, “Coup de torchon” or even “The Princess of Montpensier”. We take a look back at Bertrand Tavernier’s six feature films to watch on Netflix now.