French filmmaker Jean Becker graced IFFI Goa 2010 with his presence, on Monday. During IFFI 2010, his best films from 1961 onwards will be screened at the Retrospective Section, opening with L’été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer).
In 1961, Becker made his first film Un nommé La Rocca (A Man Named Rocca) followed by three films including Tender voyou (Tnder Scoundrel) (1966), that were critically and commercially successful.
Addressing a press conference, he said, “I am an old man but filmmaking is my passion and I would like to continue for at least 20 more years.”
Speaking about the effect age has on the skills of a film maker; Becker said that a lot of lacunas and gaps which evolve from the time a story is conceived and finally completed tend to disappear with the wisdom gained from age.
He also said that filmmakers should stop being obsessed with the visuals and immerse themselves in the story they are telling. “The visual is important, but of most primary importance is the story. You have to get it right without compromises,” he said.
Jean Becker is the son of filmmaker Jacques Becker and the brother of cinematographer Etienne Becker. He began his career as an intern in his father’s films. Besides assisting his father, he also assisted director Julien Duvivier and Henri Verneuil.