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Director Bertrand Tavernier died at the age of 79

Director, screenwriter, actor, producer and writer, Bertrand Tavernier died this Thursday in Sainte-Maxime, in the Var.

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Director Bertrand Tavernier died Thursday, March 25 at the age of 79 in his villa in Sainte-Maxime, in the Var, his entourage announced to franceinfo.

The Lumière Institute, the national film library of Lyon of which Bertrand Tavernier was president, shared on Twitter on Thursday its “sadness” and his “pain”, after the filmmaker’s death. “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”, writes the institute on Twitter.

Known for his films Captain Conan, Sunday in the countryside or The judge and the murderer, he received five Caesars during his career including two in 1976 for Let the party begin with Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort and Jean-Pierre-Marielle. He has directed the biggest names in French cinema such as Michel Galabru, Isabelle Huppert, François Cluzet (Around midnight), Sophie Marceau (Dartagnan’s daughter) or Philippe Torreton.

The filmmaker was also recognized abroad and received a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2015 for his entire career. Around midnight, which chronicles the life of a black-American saxophonist in Paris in the 1950s, was even nominated for the Golden Globes and awarded the Oscar for best music in 1987.

Passionate film buff, Bertrand Tavernier has never hidden his fascination with American cinema and has written several books on the subject, notably 30 years of American cinema, in 1970. He also collaborated in the 1960s with magazines such as “Les Cahiers du cinéma” or “Positif” as a film critic.

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