French Director Bertrand Tavernier Comes To New York

February 24, 2014 | By Romain Rancurel

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York are pleased to announce that acclaimed French director Bertrand Tavernier is coming to New York for a series of screenings and Master Classes.

His arrival in New York coincides with the US release of his latest film, The French Minister (original title: Quai d’Orsay), in theaters on March 21, courtesy of Sundance Selects. This film has been selected for the closing night of Rendez Vous With French Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. More information at RendezVousWithFrenchCinema.

Bertrand Tavernier has also been invited to Columbia University as the 2014 Visiting French Artist by the Maison Française and School of the Arts at Columbia University. On this occasion, two of his best works will be screened at Columbia University. On February 25th, his 1986 film Round Midnight will be screened at Miller Theater and followed by a panel discussion with himself, Maxine Gordon (wife of Dexter Gordon, currently working on his biography), Mark Ruffin (jazz critic) and John Swzed (director of Columbia’s Center for Jazz Studies). Then, on March 12th, his 1989 film Life and Nothing But will be screened at the Maison Française and also followed by a Q&A with the director. More information at Columbia Maison Française.

Tavernier will also be at Hunter College on March 10th. There, he will present his 1981 film, Coup de Torchon, and talk with Prof. Lynn Higgins (Professor at Darmouth College and author of a book on his work). More information at Hunter College.

The last events of his US artistic residency will come on March 18-19th as he will visit Bard College. At Bard’s Center for Moving Image Arts, Tavernier, also a great cinema critic and historian, will introduce the public screening of Platinum Blonde (Capra, 1931) and Wild River (Kazan, 1960) on the 18th and hold a public discussion on “American Cinema as seen by French eyes” on the 19th. Bard’s CMIA will also celebrate Bertrand Tavernier’s films by organizing special 35mm screenings of Round Midnight and Coup de Torchon on March 14th. More information at CMIA at Bard.


Bertrand Tavernier has had a long and prolific career as a director, producer and writer. He has directed over 30 films and enjoyed great success both in France and internationally. Indeed, his films have garnered many awards including the Prix Louis Delluc, the Special Jury Prize award at the 24th Berlin International Film Festival, the BAFTA for Best Film not in the English Language, the Golden Bear Award at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival, and four César Awards. Although his early work was dominated by mysteries, his later work is characterized by a more overt social commentary, highlighting his leftist views (Life and Nothing ButCapitaine Conan), and often presenting a critical picture of contemporary French society (Ça commence aujourd'huiHistoires de vies brisées: les double-peine de Lyon).

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