Lyon, 1941. Director and screenwriter, lover of american cinema and one of the most successful and committed filmmaker of France. He is versatile to address different genres and faces projects with a high ideological content. He studied advocacy in Sorbona and started to work in the cinema industry with Jean-Pierre Melville, as his assistant. He has directed, among others, Capitaine Conan, Ça commence aujourd’hui, L’horloger de Saint-Paul and Round Midnight. He is film critic and historian, and the president of the Institut Lumière of Lyon.
Interview: Joxean Fernández
Director of the Basque Film Library since December 2010 and member of the San Sebastián International Film Festival Management Committee since January 2011, he is a tenured lecturer (currently on extended leave of absence) at the University of Nantes and a specialist in Contemporary History and the History of Film. He has a PhD from the University of Zaragoza and the University of Nantes, writing his co-supervised doctoral thesis on Film and the Civil War in the Basque Country (1936-2006).
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