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Bertrand Tavernier

Writer and director

January 24, 2017

« A director is someone who needs to uncover secret emotions and bring them to life and  give them power »

We met French director Bertrand Tavernier to talk about his films, his job and what it means to him. In this video interview the famous filmmaker recalls how the 13-year-old boy he used to be decided to become a film director watching John Ford’s westerns or movies like Grand Illusion or Casque d’Or. He has directed more than 50 films so far and mastered all types of film genres, making films such as The French Minister (2013), The Princess of Montpensier (2010), Captain Conan (1996) or Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975). Tavernier defines the art of film as a collective one and for every movie he made he has learned a lot from the people he worked with ( actors, screen writers, technicians, etc.) and to whom he pays tribute in his last movie “ Voyage à travers le cinema français” ( 2016): “I’ve spent my life learning. I made all of my films for the purpose of learning”. He also mentions women who have played a major role in cinema such as director Agnès Varda and actress Romy Schneider – “women you must remember”.


Find out more:

The “Artist inspiration” interview of Bertrand Tavernier (November 2016)


Marguerite Abouet

January 13, 2017

“I was born in a country where verbal sparring comes naturally. I grew up with these dialogues.”

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