Edinburgh announces Grémillon retrospective

EIFF also reinstates Audience Award for 2013 edition.

by Amber Wilkinson

Edinburgh International Film Festival today announced it will feature a Jean Grémillon retrospective this year. It has also announced the return of the popular Audience Award, which was last awarded in 2010.

French director Grémillon - known for some of the most highly regarded French films of the German Occupation - began filmmaking in the 1920s. The festival said: "Grémillon made the transition from silent to sound cinema, and his early sound films are notable for their innovative and imaginative use of music and sound effects. His late documentary shorts reflect his continuing experimentation with the medium of film and his strong links to the avant-garde and the other arts."

The Retrospective will include Remorques (Stormy Waters; 1940), Lumière d'été (Summer Light; 1942), and Le Ciel Est à Vous (The Sky Is Yours; 1944), together with key examples of his imaginative silent work such as Maldone (1928) and Gardiens De Phare (The Lighthouse Keepers; 1929). French actor Jean Gabin, who stars in Remorques, also appears Guele d'Amour(Lady Killer; 1937). Titles will screen at EIFF between June 19 and 30, and then throughout July at BFI Southbank, London.

EIFF Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara said: "Retrospectives can change people's understanding of film history by shining the spotlight on artists who, for whatever reason, have been neglected and undervalued. Jean Grémillon is such a director. The contemporary of Jean Renoir and Marcel Carné, he is also their artistic peer, a brilliant and original filmmaker whose works hold up today as stunningly modern. He can even be called a director who is still waiting to be discovered. I'm excited to be working with the BFI to bring these incredible films to British audiences."

The revival of EIFF’s Audience Award, returning after a two-year absence, was also announced. Last awarded in 2010 to Aaron Schneider’s Get Low, other past winners include The Secret Of Kells (2009); Man On Wire (2008); Tsotsi (2005) and Amelie (2001).

Embracing the Festival’s ongoing commitment to engage audiences in discussion of the art and the future of cinema, the Audience Award programme will solicit and publish audience commentary via online forums. Selected audience participants will also be invited to the Festival’s Awards Ceremony. Voted for by cinema-goers attending public screenings, films will be eligible from across the Festival at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

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