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French Bertrand TAVERNIER

French director, screenwriter, actor, and producer

Source :  Emmanuelle CART-TANNEURJean-Yves BAXTER

Born: on April 25, 1941 in Lyon, France  (79 years)


Tavernier was born the son of Genevieve (née Dumond) and Rene Tavernier, a publicist and writer. Tavernier wanted to become a filmmaker since the age of thirteen or fourteen years old. He claims that his cinematic influences include filmmakers John Ford, William Wellman, Jean Renoir, Jean Vigo and Jacques Becker. The first film director with whom he worked was Jean-Pierre Melville. Later, his first film (The Clockmaker, 1973) won the Prix Louis Delluc and the Silver Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival.

His early work was dominated by mysteries, but his later work is characterized by a more overt social commentary, highlighting his pacifism (Life and Nothing But, Capitaine Conan) and presenting a critical picture of contemporary French society (Ça commence aujourd'hui, Histoires de vies brisées : les double-peine de Lyon).

He won the BAFTA for best film in a language other than English in 1990 for Life and Nothing But and a total of four César Awards.

His upcoming film, The Princess of Montpensier, is scheduled to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

He was married to Colo O'Hagen from 1965 to 1980. His son, Nils Tavernier (born 1 September 1965), works as both a director and actor.

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