EFA Mourns Bertrand Tavernier

European cinema has lost a great director and screenwriter and the European Film Academy has lost a dear friend: Bertrand Tavernier

The French director and screenwriter Bertrand Tavernier has been making films for over 50 years. With his first feature, THE WATCHMAKER OF ST. PAUL, he won the Berlinale's Silver Bear in 1974.
This was followed in 1976 with LET JOY REIGN SUPREME which won him a French César for Best Screenplay, an award he won again in the next year with THE JUDGE AND THE ASSASSIN.
In 1984, his A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY ran in competition in Cannes where it won him the Director Award, and later also yet another César, for Best Adapted Screenplay.
LIFE AND NOTHING BUT received the Special Prize of the Jury at the 2nd European Film Awards in 1989 as well as a BAFTA (in 1990).
Tavernier returned to the Berlinale in 1995 with THE BAIT, which won the Golden Bear, and in 2002 with IT ALL STARTS TODAY which received a Special Mention.
In 2015, Bertrand Tavernier was honoured with the Career Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
He died on 25 March
He was 79. We will miss him.

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