Created in 1991, the Masterclasses provide an opportunity to invite renowned directors to share their experience and memories of filmmaking and debate with an audience of film buffs. In recent years, the Festival has hosted Philip Kaufman, Malcolm McDowell, Marco Bellocchio, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese. In 2014, it will be the turn of Jacques Audiard to look back on his impressive career.
This son of dialoguist and director Michel Audiard, Jacques Audiard began his cinema career as an assistant editor. In 1974, He wrote his first screenplay, working alongside his father to produce an adaptation of – Bons baisers… à lundi, with Bernard Blier and Jean Carmet. He then wrote a series of thrillers: Le Professionnel by Georges Lautner, Claude Miller's Deadly Circuit, Edouard Niermans' Poussière d'ange and Fréquence meurtre with Catherine Deneuve and André Dussollier. The scriptwriter also collaborated on comedies such as Josiane Balasko's Sac de nœuds (1985), Dead Tired directed by Michel Blanc and Venus Beauty) (1999) by Tonie Marshall.
In 1994, Jacques Audiard Wrote and directed See How They Fall, a police thriller with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Jean Yanne that picked up three Césars, including Best First Film and Best Young Actor for Mathieu Kassovitz, whom Jacques Audiard again directed two years later in A Self-made Hero. Presented in Competition at Cannes, the film garnered the Best Screenplay award.
Read My Lips, a love story between a partially deaf woman (Emmanuelle Devos) and an ex-convict (Vincent Cassel), won three Césars in 2001, including the Best Screenplay for Audiard and Tonino Benacquista. Together, they wrote The Beat That My Heart Skipped in 2005, another police drama with Romain Duris, which picked up eight Césars and a BAFTA for Best Foreign Film. In 2009, A Prophet, starring Tahar Rahim, met with unanimous critical acclaim during its presentation at Cannes and reaped the Grand Prix for its director.
In 2012, Jacques Audiard returned to Competition in Cannes with Rust and Bone, a social melodrama adapted from the novels of Canadian writer Craig Davidson and starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. Highly popular with the public, the film picked up four Césars in 2013 including Best Adaptation.
The Masterclass with Jacques Audiard, hosted by Michel Ciment, will take place on Friday 23rd of May at 3.00 p.m., Buñuel Theatre.