Robert Guédiguian honoured at the French Cinémathèque

Robert Guédiguian & Ariane Ascaride

The laureate of the 2011 Lux Prize Robert Guédiguian will take the place of honour in a retrospective of his work from February 6th to 24th at La Cinémathèque française in Paris.

It's already been 33 years of cinema for the politically committed French director. He directed his first movie Dernier été in 1980 but it is with his seventh film Marius et Jeannette that made him famous in 1997. All of Guédiguian 17 films will be projected, included his last movie Les neiges du Kilimandjaro which won the 2011 Lux Prize.

The main themes of Guédiguian's films are class struggle, political issues and the search of independence. He considers himself as a community director. His hometown Marseille is so omnipresent in most of his movies that it almost becomes one of the main characters.

Meetings and conferences will take place as well at this retrospective. Some of them will be attended by Guédiguian himself or by specialists of his work. His fetish actors: Ariane Ascaride, Gérard Meylan and Jean-Pierre Darroussin, also known as the Guédiguian family, will be attending the event too.

Robert Guédiguian especially raised his voice last December in order to protest against the extension of the new collective convention of the film production backed up by the French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti. He asserts that if such a convention had existed earlier, he wouldn't have been able to make his first movies and that it will threaten the future of young directors.

You can have a look at the program for the retrospective on the La Cinémathèque française website.