Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci is everywhere these days. The Italian master filmmaker ("Little Buddha," "The Last Emperor") will serve as the American Film Institute's Guest Artistic Director at AFI FEST 2012. Others have included last year’s Guest Artistic Director Pedro Almodóvar and David Lynch in 2010.  

Bertolucci has selected four feature films for his sidebar at the festival: 

42ND STREET  (DIR Lloyd Bacon), LA REGLE DU JEU (DIR Jean Renoir), SUNRISE (DIR F.W. Murnau) and VIVRE CA VIE (DIR Jean-Luc Godard).  In addition, the festival will present ELECTRIC CHAIR, a behind-the-scenes film about the making of Bertolucci’s new movie, ME AND YOU.  Bertolucci has written and directed over 25 films, including THE LAST EMPEROR, LAST TANGO IN PARIS, THE CONFORMIST, THE SHELTERING SKY and LITTLE BUDDHA.  He has been honored with two Academy Awards® for Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay for THE LAST EMPEROR, he was the recipient of an honorary Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and this December he will be receiving the European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  Bertolucci also conducted Master Seminars at the AFI Conservatory about the craft of filmmaking and his particular visual style in 1974 and again in 1979.

Leading up to the festival (November 1 through 8) in Hollywood at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the UCLA Film & Television Archive is also mounting a Bertolucci retrospective from October 12 to November 4 (details here) along with the American Cinematheque, Luce Cinecitta and Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles.

The European Film Academy will honor Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci with the Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual awards show on December 1, held in Malta. Beginning his illustrious, controversial film career in 1961 as assistant director on Pasolini's "Accatone," and going on to helm erotic- and political-provocateur works such as "The Conformist," "Last Tango in Paris" and the Oscar-winning "The Last Emperor," Bertolucci continues to make films at the age of 72; "Me and You" played to mixed response at Cannes this year.

Bertolucci will be present to accept the EFA on December 1. 

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