Thursday, February 25, 2016

Death of François Dupeyron, director against the current – Le Figaro

DISAPPEARANCE – French director died on February 25 at the age of 65, following a long illness. He leaves behind a filmography as sensitive as singular.

The filmmaker François Dupeyron died Feb. 25 at age 65 following a long illness . The director of Strange place for a meeting , What is life , The Officer’s Ward , Ibrahim or flowers of the Koran , was both well known and yet in the shade. Just remember these movie titles to highlight an original route of French cinema: from the beginning accompanied by stars, it drives Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve in her first feature film, Strange place for a meeting , in 1988. François Truffaut had gathered in the the last Metro , but it was at the height of his glory.

in 2001, François Dupeyron’s part of the Cannes competition with the officer’s Ward , ample and superb adaptation of the novel by Marc Dugain on broken faces of the war 14-18. He revealed to the public Eric Caravaca.

Born in 1950 in the Landes, he IDHEC (Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies, ancestor of the Femis) and won the Caesars for his first short films the owl Night (1984) and Lamento (1988). Simultaneously with his directing career, he was writer ( The favorite son Nicole Garcia), and writer. We owe him an essay on Gustave Courbet during the Commune, Le Grand Soir (2006, Actes Sud).

But despite his fame, he kept a certain marginality, both experienced and chosen. He could not find funding for his films and protested against the lack of ambition of producers and channels focused on immediate commercial viability and poor. True, he did not seek the spectacular and easy success.

Coming from the social left, he staged with great sensitivity the problems of farmers ( What is life , 1999), illegal immigration ( Inguelezi in 2003), suburbs (in a tender fantasy, Help yourself and heaven will help you 2008). It adds a spiritual note, which belonged only to him, and at length resonates in his moving last film in 2013, My soul healed by you .


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