The Info List - Alain Tanner

Alain Tanner
Alain Tanner
(born 6 December 1929) is a Swiss film director.


1 Early years and education 2 Film career 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links

Early years and education[edit] Tanner studied economics at the University of Geneva. In 1951, he joined the film club which Claude Goretta had recently established at the university. After his graduation and a short time working for international shipping companies, he felt drawn to film. Film career[edit] Tanner found work at the British Film Institute
British Film Institute
in 1955, subtitling, translating, and organizing the archive.[1] His first film, Nice Time (1957), a short documentary film about Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus
during weekend evenings, was made with Claude Goretta.[2] Produced by the British Film Institute
British Film Institute
Experimental Film Fund, it was first shown as part of the third Free Cinema
Free Cinema
programme at the National Film Theatre in May 1957. The debut film won a prize at the film festival in Venice and much critical praise.[1] Tanner went to France for a while where he assisted with several commercial films. There, he met some of the most important directors of the French New Wave in Paris
as well as Henri Langlois, the director of the Cinémathèque Française. Some critics have found the influences of Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
and Robert Bresson in his films[citation needed]. But the atmosphere in the film circles of Paris
displeased him; he described it as "cutthroat." Between 1960 and 1968, Tanner returned to Switzerland, and he made more than 40 films as well as documentaries for French-language television there. In 1962, he became the co-founder of the Swiss young filmmakers' "Groupe Cinque." His first feature film, Charles, Dead or Alive (1969), won the first prize at the international film festival in Locarno.[1] His next two films, La Salamandre (1971) and Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976), were made in close collaboration with the art critic and novelist John Berger, who had also worked with him, to a lesser degree and without a credit, on the writing of Charles.[3]


Influenced by his involvement with the British "Free Cinema" movement in London and with the French New Wave during his years in Paris, Tanner is best known for his movies Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000 (Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000), Dans la ville blanche (In the White City) and Messidor. Dans la ville blanche was entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival.[4] Filmography[edit]

Paul s'en va (2004) Fleurs de sang (2002) Jonas et Lila, à demain (1999) Requiem (1998) Fourbi
(1996) Les Hommes du port (1995) Le Journal de Lady M (The Diary of Lady M) (1993) L'Homme qui a perdu son ombre (The Man Who Lost His Shadow) (1991) La Femme de Rose Hill (The Woman from Rose Hill) (1989) La Vallée fantôme
La Vallée fantôme
(1987) Une flamme dans mon coeur (A Flame in My Heart) (1987) No Man's Land (1985) Dans la ville blanche (In the White City) (1983) Les Années lumière (Light Years Away) (1981) Messidor
(1979) Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000
Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000
(Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000) (1976) Le Milieu du monde (The Middle of the World) (1974) Le Retour d'Afrique (1972) La Salamandre (The Salamander) (1971) Charles mort ou vif (Charles, Dead or Alive) (1969) Docteur B., médecin de campagne (1968) Une ville à Chandigarh (A City at Chandigarh) (1966) Les Apprentis (The Apprentices) (1964) L'École (1962) Ramuz, passage d'un poète (1961) Nice Time (1957)


^ a b c "Alain Tanner: marin et cinéaste, deux métiers si peu suisses" (in French). Le Courrier. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 2009-10-27.  ^ " Alain Tanner
Alain Tanner
ou filmer l'ailleurs" (in French). L'Humanité. 3 June 1998. Archived from the original on July 8, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-27.  ^ Canby, Vincent (13 February 1987). "Film: 'No Man's Land'". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-27.  ^ "Berlinale: 1983 Programme". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 

External links[edit]

Alain Tanner
Alain Tanner
on IMDb Alain Tanner
Alain Tanner
at the Swiss Film Directory

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Films directed by Alain Tanner

Nice Time (1957) Charles, Dead or Alive (1969) The Salamander (1971) The Middle of the World (1974) Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000
(1976) Messidor
(1979) Light Years Away (1981) In the White City (1983) No Man's Land (1985) The Diary of Lady M (1993) Fourbi

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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay


David Newman and Robert Benton (1967) John Cassavetes
John Cassavetes
(1968) Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
and Larry Tucker (1969) Éric Rohmer
Éric Rohmer
(1970) Penelope Gilliatt (1971) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1972) George Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck (1973) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1974) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1975) Alain Tanner
Alain Tanner
and John Berger
John Berger
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
(1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980) John Guare
John Guare
(1981) Murray Schisgal and Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1982) Bill Forsyth
Bill Forsyth
(1983) Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Bruce Jay Friedman (1984) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
and Monica Johnson (1985) Hanif Kureishi
Hanif Kureishi
(1986) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1987) Ron Shelton (1988) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
and Daniel Yost (1989) Charles Burnett (1990) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(1991) David Webb Peoples (1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Amy Heckerling (1995) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
and Monica Johnson (1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Scott Frank (1998) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(1999) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan


Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Ronald Harwood (2002) Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Noah Baumbach
Noah Baumbach
(2005) Peter Morgan (2006) Tamara Jenkins
Tamara Jenkins
(2007) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2008) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi
(2011) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(2012) Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy
Julie Delpy
(2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
(2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 79171689 LCCN: n82145412 ISNI: 0000 0000 7829 0395 GND: 119159678 SUDOC: 028079221 BNF: cb139915923 (data) HDS: 9251 SN