Tribute to the iconic French actor Denis Lavant
Immortalized in world cinema thanks to his famous performances in films like Holy Motors and The Lovers on the Bridge, Denis Lavant will receive a tribute during the 57th edition of the Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival (FICCI). A selection of seven of the most important films in which he took part (out of almost a hundred) will be shown throughout the Festival's 57th edition, and the actor will participate in the Salón FICCI's academic sessions. Lavant's presence is part of the events of the France-Colombia year, supported by the Institut Français and the French Embassy.
In 1984, Denis Lavant kicked off his cinematographic career when he starred as the main character of Boy Meets Girl, the first film of French director Leos Carax that won him the Special Award of the Youth in Cannes that year. The film would be the first episode of a close relationship between the director and the talented young actor, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine (France) in 1961.
Lavant's roles are often physically demanding and sometimes involve dance and stunts. The distinct features of his face, which allow him to express a wide range of emotions, together with his discipline and his passion for acting, have fixed his image in the imagination of world cinema, especially in the rich and fertile French cinematography. Lavant has greatly contributed to this recognition: he has been the main actor in the director's whole filmography, except for one production.
It was thanks to Carax that he was given one of his most iconic parts. In Holy Motors (2012), he embodies a multifaceted and chameleonic actor who is never filmed by any camera, but who plays diverse and contradictory roles. For this part, Lavant was awarded the Silver Hugo for Best Actor at the Chicago International Film Festival. The jury said he deserved the award "for giving life to a character that is at once tragic, hilarious, shocking, profound, horrendous, beautiful, wise – but always human – and, quite simply, one we had never seen before". All these talents go far beyond the character, and can be found in many roles he's played. He also received awards from the Indiwires Critics' Poll, the International Cinephile Society Awards and the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, and even a Cesar award.
FICCI 57 is honored to pay tribute to this artist in 2017 by presenting seven of his most acclaimed features, including the beautiful love story The Lovers on the Bridge (1991) and the memorable Holy Motors (2012), both by Leos Carax, the search for military glory confronted to a tense eroticism in Beau Travail (1999) by Claire Denis, the hallucinating and mysterious Tuvalu (1999) by Veit Helmer, his "interpretation" of Charlie Chaplin in Mister Lonely (2007) by Harmony Korine, Journey to the West, the latest entry of Tsai Ming-liang Walker series (2014) and the Argentinean co-production Eva Doesn't Sleep (2015) by Pablo Agüero.