Written by: FFT Webmaster | May 3rd, 2012
The last film of Claude Miller, the veteran French filmmaker who died last month, will have its premiere as the closing night film of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film, an adaptation of the novel Thérèse Desqueyroux by Francois Mauriac, stars audience favorite Audrey Tautou (AMELIE) in the title role, a woman in 1920’s France too smart for the bourgeois man she married. In announcing the film would play closing night, the festival noted that “this film is the final piece in his immense body of work, to which the Festival de Cannes and the director’s many admirers will pay tribute.”
Claude Miller’s formative years were in Nouvelle Vague cinema of the 1950s and 1960s, working as an assistant to François Truffaut. Through the evolution of his work, he created a universe that could speak to a very broad audience, from THE BEST WAY TO WALK (1976) to THE GRILLING (1981), from DEADLY RUN (1983) to THE ACCOMPANIST (1992) and A SECRET (2007). He was the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Prix Delluc for THE HUSSY (1985) and the Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes for CLASS TRIP (1998). As a politically engaged filmmaker, he also chaired the Association of Filmmakers and Producers and was active in the “Club des 13”, a think tank for reforming the production system.