French Armenian Director Robert Guediguian to Head Horizons Jury at Venice Film Festival

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French Armenian Director Robert Guediguian to Head Horizons Jury at Venice Film Festival

French Armenian Director Robert Guediguian will preside Horizons Jury at 73th Venice Film Festival. This year the festival will be held on the Lido of Venice from August 31st to September 10th.
“While not a Venice regular, Guediguian is certainly no stranger to the Lido where his multi-stranded Marseille-set drama “La ville est tranquille” (“The Town is Quiet”) premiered in 2000. His entire filmography is centered in observing life in the bustling French port city “with stories set in the microcosm of the neighborhood he was born in, focusing on the lives of common people,” said in the statement․
Guédiguian has been working for about 35 years in the film industry and is one of the best French filmmakers of his generation. He has over two dozen films in the genres of comedy, drama, history, etc. All of his films glow with the directors deep psychological world and humanity towards his characters. French Filmmakers call him “Marseille's working-class singer”.
Robert Guédiguian was born in 1953 in Marseille to a family with a German mother and an Armenian father. He still lives in Marseille, where he films most of his work. Guédiguian started working for the film industry since 1980. He is mostly famous for his social films, but he became famous worldwide in 1996 after his hit comedy Marius et Jeannette. The film has recieved a prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, as well as the Louis Delluc Prize and Lumières Award. The film also won the Grand Prix in Geneva IFF (Switzerland), Figueira da Foz IFF (Portugal) and Haifa IFF.
Guédiguian’s films are always included in competition programs at Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian and other European film festivals.
In 2001, at the European film academy awards Guédiguian was awarded International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award for his film “The Town Is Quiet”.
Guédiguian has spoken about the Armenian issues in many of his films. In 2015 his Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad was selected to be screened in the Special Screenings section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The film presented the theme of the Armenian Genocide on this most important of platforms in the world of modern cinema. In 2006 Guédiguian’s “Trip to Armenia”  won “Silver Apricot” award at GOLDEN APRICOT.

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