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Alain Tanner

Alain Tanner
Born (1929-12-06) 6 December 1929
Geneva, Switzerland
Occupation Film director
Years active 1957–present

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


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

Early years and education

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

Tanner found work at the

External links

  1. ^ a b c "Alain Tanner: marin et cinéaste, deux métiers si peu suisses" (in French).  
  2. ^ "Alain Tanner ou filmer l'ailleurs" (in French).  
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (13 February 1987). "'"Film: 'No Man's Land.  
  4. ^ "Berlinale: 1983 Programme". Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 



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]


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]

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."

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 and Robert Bresson in his films . But the atmosphere in the film circles of Paris displeased him; he described it as "cutthroat."

[1] in May 1957. The debut film won a prize at the film festival in Venice and much critical praise.National Film Theatre programme at the Free Cinema Experimental Film Fund, it was first shown as part of the third British Film Institute Produced by the [2] during weekend evenings, was made with Claude Goretta.Piccadilly Circus (1957), a short documentary film about Nice Time His first film, [1]

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