French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Rosier dies at age 96

French director Jacques Rosier, a prominent figure in the new wave in French cinema, and the owner of a group of films, including Adieu Philippine and Maine Ocean, has passed away at the age of 96.

Michelle Pearson, who worked with him for fifteen years, indicated that Rosier died in hospital from Thursday to Friday night.

“We have left Jacques Rosier. He represented freedom itself and we will miss him very much,” the Cinematheque Francaise tweeted.

The new wave in French cinema, of which Rosier was among the most important figures, and which arose at the end of the fifties of the twentieth century, aims to replace classic cinematographic techniques in favor of an individual approach. Among its most notable figures are Jacques Rosier, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Louis Malle, Claude Charpole, Jacques Dumy and Eric Roumet.

Among the awards Rosier won were the Jean Vigo Prize in 1986 for “Man Ossien” and the René Claire Award in 1997 for his entire work, and the Carros d’Or in 2002 at the Cannes Film Festival.

He directed many films, including Adieu Philippine (1962), Du Coté d’Orouet (1973), and Les Naufrages de L’ile de la Tortue (1976).

He directed Fifi Martingale (2001), which was not shown in cinemas, and Le Perroquet Parisien (2007), which was not fully realized.

He also directed about twenty short films, in addition to his work in the television field.

“He was an independent, free-spirited director who worked without a preconceived script,” said Pearson, who had an ability to “restore the present.”

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