Bertrand Tavernier - a walking encyclopedia of French cinema - will have pride of place in Cannes Classics Photo: Otto Koota
Tavernier, who is president of Lyon’s Lumiere festival along with Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux, said Martin Scorsese’s Personal Journey Through American Movies and My Voyage To Italian Cinema inspired him to make A Journey Through French Cinema. Tavernier will also shed light on the political and historical context of certain films as well as share anecdotes about some directors.
The increasingly important section will include a conversation with French Connection and Exorcist director William Friedkin.
William Friedkin, subject of a Cannes master-class this year, pictured here with his wife Sherry Lansing at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Photo: Courtesy of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Frederick Wiseman and Raymond Depardon, two giant documentary filmmakers, will receive a special focus while Friedkin is lined up for a master class hosted by critic Michel Cement.
In 2016, the Festival organisers have decided to go back to the year 1966 and its two winners, Pietro Germi and Claude Lelouch. They were awarded the prize by the jury presided over by Sophia Loren for Signore & Signori (The Birds, the Bees and the Italians) and Un Homme Et Une Femme (A Man And A Woman) by Claude Lelouch with Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant.
Down on the farm in Fipresci prize-winner Farrebique by Georges Rouquier Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
Among the restored prints on offer are: James Ivory’s Howard’s End; Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Dekalog 5 (Thou shalt not kill) and 6 (Thou shalt not commit adultery); Masculin Féminin by Jean-Luc Godard; Indochine by Régis Wargnier and The Pit And The Pendulum by Roger Corman.