A Tribute to ... Award: Olivier Assayas


Olivier Assayas is one of the most distinguished figures in present-day European cinema. Operating beyond all narrative standards, his films are characterised by an unquenchable curiosity and span an enormous array of aesthetic expression. Fascinated by punk, pop cultures and painting, all of which now influence his work, Assayas initially worked as a critic for the French magazine „Cahiers du Cinéma“ before turning to filmmaking. Among the most important titles by this tireless cinematic explorer are the autobiographically inspired romantic drama L’EAU FROIDE (1994), the double collaboration with Hong Kong icon Maggie Cheung (IRMA VEP, 1996; CLEAN, 2004) and the monumental production CARLOS (2010), which was shot in ten countries over the course of 92 days – symbolic of his interest in the impact of globalisation. More recently, his award-winning drama SILS MARIA (2014) was a huge hit with both critics and audiences alike. Olivier Assayas will accept the „Tribute to … Award“ during the Award Night on October 1st. He will present his latest directorial work PERSONAL SHOPPER the following day. ZFF will honour the director by screening twelve of his films in a retrospective of his works.

ZFF Masters: Sunday, 02.10.16, 14h00, Filmpodium