Jean Grémillon retrospective announced for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013

Jean Grémillon retrospective announced for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013

The strand will explore the work of the French director, who was a contemporary of Jean Renoir

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced one of the festival’s retrospective subjects: French director Jean Grémillon. The festival has also announced the return of the popular Audience Award.

Known for some of the most highly regarded French films of the German Occupation; this is a chance to celebrate the work of Grémillon. The retrospective will include his most famous occupation era classics Remorques (Stormy Waters, 1940), Lumière d’été (Summer Light, 1942) and Le Ciel est à vous (The Sky is Yours, also known as The Woman who Dared, 1944). Festival Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara said, 'Retrospectives can change people's understanding of film history by shining the spotlight on artists who, for whatever reason, have been neglected and undervalued. Jean Grémillon is such a director. The contemporary of Jean Renoir and Marcel Carné, he is also their artistic peer, a brilliant and original filmmaker whose works hold up today as stunningly modern. He can even be called a director who is still waiting to be discovered. I'm excited to be working with the BFI to bring these incredible films to British audiences.'

Edinburgh International Film Festival has also announced the revival of the Audience Award after a two year absence. The award offers a sponsorship opportunity and was last given to Aaron Schnieder in 2010 for Get Low. The award was always popular with the public and filmmakers alike, as the programme publishes audience commentary via online forums, allowing the audience to engage in discussions about the films. Selected audience participants will also be invited to the festival’s awards ceremony.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.