Bertrand Tavernier

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Bertrand Tavernier
Photo of Bertrand Tavernier in 2010
Bertrand Tavernier, 2010
Born (1941-04-25) 25 April 1941 (age 75)
Lyon, France
Nationality French
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active 1963–present

Bertrand Tavernier (born 25 April 1941) is a French director, screenwriter, actor and producer.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Tavernier was born in Lyon, the son of Geneviève (née Dumond) and René Tavernier, a publicist and writer, several years president of the French PEN club.[2] He says that his father's publishing of a wartime resistance journal and aid to anti-Nazi intellectuals shaped his moral outlook as an artist. According to Tavernier, his father believed that words were "as important and as lethal as bullets".[3] Tavernier wanted to become a filmmaker since the age of 13 or 14 years. He claims that his cinematic influences include filmmakers John Ford, William Wellman, Jean Renoir, Jean Vigo and Jacques Becker.[4] Tavernier was influenced by the 1968 general strike in France.[3] He associated with the OCI between 1973 and 1975, and was particularly struck by the writing of Leon Trotsky.[3] The first film director with whom he worked was Jean-Pierre Melville. Later, his first film (The Clockmaker, 1974) won the Prix Louis Delluc and the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize award at the 24th Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

His early work was dominated by mysteries, but his later work is characterized by a more overt social commentary, highlighting his left-wing views (Life and Nothing But, Capitaine Conan) and presenting a critical picture of contemporary French society (Ça commence aujourd'hui, Histoires de vies brisées : les double-peine de Lyon).

He won the BAFTA for best film in a language other than English in 1990 for Life and Nothing But and a total of four César Awards.[5]

In 1995, his film L'Appât won the Golden Bear Award at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival.[6] Four years later, his film It All Starts Today won an Honourable Mention at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.[7]

His film The Princess of Montpensier competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[8]

Tavernier was married to screenwriter Claudine (Colo) O'Hagen from 1965 to 1980. They have two children. Their son, Nils Tavernier (born 1 September 1965), works as both a director and actor. Their daughter, Tiffany Tavernier (born in 1967), is a novelist, screenwriter and assistant director.




  • Que la fête commence (1974), directed by Bertrand Tavernier, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort
  • Des enfants gâtés (1977), directed by Bertrand Tavernier, with Michel Piccoli, Michel Aumont
  • Coup de torchon (1981), directed by Bertrand Tavernier, with Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert
  • Un dimanche à la campagne (1983), directed by Bertrand Tavernier, with Sabine Azéma, Louis Ducreux
  • La Trace (The Trace) (1983) by Bernard Favre with Robin Renucci, Richard Berry
  • Autour de minuit (Round Midnight) (1985) by Bertrand Tavernier with Lonette McKee, François Cluzet
  • Daddy Nostalgie (1990) by Bertrand Tavernier with Dirk Bogarde, Jane Birkin
  • L.627 (1991) by Bertrand Tavernier with Didier Bezace, Jean-Roger Milo
  • L'Appât (1995) by Bertrand Tavernier with Marie Gillain, Olivier Sitruk
  • Ca commence aujourd'hui (1998) by Bertrand Tavernier with Philippe Torreton, Maria Pitarresi
  • Mon père, il m'a sauvé la vie (2000) by José Giovanni with Bruno Crémer, Vincent Lecoeur
  • Laissez-passer (2001) de Bertrand Tavernier with Jacques Gamblin, Denis Podalydès Directeur



  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (20 December 1982). "Clean Slate (1981) 'Coup De Torchon,' Life in a French Colony". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "". 10 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bertrand Tavernier speaks with the WSWS". World Socialist Web Site. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Berlinale 1974: Prize Winners". Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Awards for Bertrand Tavernier at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ "Berlinale: 1995 Prize Winners". Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Berlinale: 1999 Prize Winners". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: Cannes Lineup". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 

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