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Pardo alla carriera to Jean-Pierre Léaud

Pardo alla carriera to Jean-Pierre Léaud


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Lifetime running at the same pace of cinema. We have watched all the movies of the great French actor and Nouvelle Vague icon Jean-Pierre Léaud – from adolescence to adult age, because the great cinematographic portraits he has taken part to have chased after him, year after year.

Especially in those seasons of life which were instantly filtered by his alter ego and most popular character, Antoine Doinel, who became flesh in five  François Truffaut's films, from the masterpiece (and debut movie) Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959) to L'Amour en fuite (1979). And now, after 30 years from the death of the great French director, the Festival del film Locarno decided to award one of the most iconic actors of his generation with the Pardo alla carriera.

A performer who has been able to summarise the spirit of a whole historical period through his feverish gaze and his mournfully nervous gestures. Jean-Pierre Léaud's artistic path, in fact, is not limited to Truffaut's movies, but also includes an important collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard (in 1966 he won the Silber Bear for Best Actor at the Berlinale for Masculin, féminin) and many other filmmakers, who were influenced from the long vibrations of the Nouvelle Vague experience.

A series of authors which include Philippe Garrell and Jean Eustache, not to mention Jerzy Skolimowski, Bernardo Bertolucci and Glauber Rocha. Finally, we have not to forget the  relationship of trust – built since the Nineties – between Léaud himself with Aki Kaurismäki's dazed point of view.

Lorenzo Buccella

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