Death of filmmaker Paul Vecchiali



Filmmaker Paul Vecchiali died on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday January 18 at the age of 92, after a career as abundant as it was sharp, announced his relatives.

Companion of the New Wave, whose work could explore AIDS or violence, Paul Vecchiali died in a hospital in the south of France, said his companion, Malik Saad.

“He was someone who lived only for the cinema, since the age of five”added the actor Ugo Broussot who played in three of his films, including the last, Show no mercy (2021), and who remembers “his artistic audacity”.

“Researcher” filmmaker

He had never stopped working and leaves a film almost finished, shot in one day and baptized hello languagein homage to Jean-Luc Godard and his Farewell to Language (2014), with whom he corresponded, specified Ugo Broussot.

The one who presented himself willingly as a filmmaker ” searcher “and was also a critic for Cahiers du Cinéma, has directed a total of fifty films, including thirty feature films.

A polytechnician by training, he quickly turned to cinema, delivering his first feature film in 1965, Devil’s Tricks. His idol was Danielle Darrieux, whose teenage photos he collected in Toulon and whom he will notably shoot in At the top of the stairs (1983), a film that pays homage to his mother and evokes the trauma of war.

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