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Tavernier to get career Golden Lion

(ANSA.IT)    16:34, March 12, 2015
photo: Tavernier at last year's Lyon film fest

(ANSA) - Venice, March 10 - Legendary French film director Bertrand Tavernier will get a Golden Lion for career achievement at this year's Venice Film Festival in September, organisers said Tuesday.

"Tavernier is a complete auteur, instinctively anti-conformist, courageously eclectic," said Festival Director Alberto Barbera.

Barbera praised "innovative traits" in Tavernier's oeuvre including "an attention for narrative solidity, care in the construction of characters, an aptitude for psychological introspection, and the constant presence of a literary substratum".

Tavernier competed in Venice twice: in 1986 with Round Midnight, which went on to win an Oscar for best original score and garnered a nomination for its protagonist, sax player Dexter Gordon; and in 1992 with the crime drama L. 627 (Law 627).

The Lyon-born director won a Silver Bear at the Berlin film festival for his debut feature The Watchmaker of Saint-Paul (1974), and won a Golden Bear in 1995 for the cop thriller The Bait.

In 1984 he won best director at Cannes with A Sunday in the Country.

Tavernier, 73, also won four César awards, the French Oscars.

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