Jean-Luc Godard Honors come from world personalities, filmmakers, institutes

Tributes from world leaders, fellow filmmakers, artists and cinephiles poured in from around the world immediately after news of the death of French new wave icon Jean-Luc Godard broke on Tuesday (September 13).

French President Emmanuel Macron was among the first to pay tribute to Godard on Twitter, describing Godard as “the most iconoclastic of all New Wave filmmakers, having invented a resolutely modern, utterly free art.” We’re losing a national treasure, a genius look.”

Internationally revered and whose work paved the way for many filmmakers, Godard was also celebrated by Edgar Wright, the writer and director of Last Night in Soho, who wrote on social media that Godard was “one of the most influential, iconoclastic filmmakers of all.”

“It was ironic that he himself adored the Hollywood studios film system, since perhaps no other director inspired so many people to just pick up a camera and start shooting,” said Wright.

The British Film Institute called Godard a “rule-breaking giant of cinema”. “From Breathless onwards, he pushed the boundaries of the medium,” the BFI statement said.

The Cannes Film Festival posted a retrospective of his career highlights on Twitter. “Since his first appearance at the festival in ‘Cleo de 5 à 7’ in 1962, 21 films by Jean-Luc Godard have been screened in Cannes,” the festival wrote on social media.

Godard presented his last film “The Image Book”, a kaleidoscopic bulletin from 200 years of history, in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 and was celebrated with the Special Palme d’Or. Godard also planned to convert The Image Book into an exhibition in Paris, Madrid, New York and Singapore before the pandemic hit. In 2014 he won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival (shared with Xavier Dolan’s Mommy) for Farewell to Language, in which he experimented with 3D and provided a meditation on the state of the world.

The French cinematheque, meanwhile, announced Godard’s death with one of his spirited quotes: “Cinema is not immune to time. It is immune to time.”

“We are saddened to hear that the highly acclaimed and influential film director, screenwriter and film critic Jean-Luc Godard has passed away at the age of 91,” BAFTA tweeted.

The news was first published in Liberation on Tuesday morning (September 13) and was later confirmed by Godard’s family in a statement, which read: “There will be no official ceremony. Jean-Luc Godard died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones. He will be cremated.”

The Franco-Swiss filmmaker has received major European film awards, including the Golden Berlin Bear for the hypnotic science fiction film Alphaville (1965) and the Golden Lion of Venice for the openly erotic First Name: Carmen (1983). Although he never received an Oscar nomination, he did win an honorary Oscar in 2010.

There’s more to come. Jean-Luc Godard Honors come from world personalities, filmmakers, institutes

Charles Jones

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