Jean Luc Godard (1930)
Director, scriptwriter and film theorist, born 3.12.1930 in Paris, to a family of a doctor. Studied antropology at the Sorbonne University, and met the young film directors and theorists André Bazin, Jacques Rivette, François Truffaut, a.o. at a ciné-club. He soon became one of the most radical representatives of the Nouvelle Vague. Started his film-carrier with reviews and film-devoted essays, which he published since 1950, when Gazette du cinéma was founded in cooperation with Jacques Rivette and Eric Rohmer.

His debut in filmdirecting was the short film Operation Concrete (1954), while Breathless (1959) became his first feature. Has completed almost 90 films, author of most of the scripts, as well as director of editing, made his appearance in approx. 30 films, cinematographer of 3 films. In Paris, in the late 1960’s he met Maoist Jean-Pierre Gorin and established Dziga Vertov Group; Letter to Jane (1972) became the most significant film of the period. In the monumental video film History(s) of the Cinema (1989-1999), Godard makes a manifest: film is a hybrid of art and history.

Received approx. 30 awards at different festivals, his films have been included in the Arsenāls IFF programs 1988-1992, 2002, 2006.