The 68th Locarno Film Festival will honor international cinema nonpareil Bulle Ogier, 75, with a Pardo alla carriera, the Swiss festival’s annual lifetime achievement prize. A selection of films and a conversation with the audience will accompany the tribute.
With this award the festival looks back at the legacy of the Nouvelle Vague and its most iconic figures, including past recipients Anna Karina and Jean-Pierre Léaud. A stage actress before moving to film, Bulle Ogier (née Marie-France Thielland) broke out in Jacques Rivette’s “L’amour fou” (1969). This sparked a collaboration on six more films including “Celine and Julie Go Boating,” “Pont du Nord” and “Gang of Four.”
Major European directors continued to cast her in films, from Luis Bunuel, RW Fassbinder and Manoel de Oliveira to Claude Chabrol and Claude Lelouch, as well as her husband Barbet Schroeder. Alain Tanner’s 1971 Swiss drama “The Salamander” put Ogier on the international map as a young woman looking to absolve herself of a murder charge.
Watch clips from Ogier’s career below.