Martin Scorsese To Receive Carrosse d’Or
Martin Scorsese will receive the honorary Carrosse d’Or (Golden Coach) award at this year’s Directors’ Fortnight, which celebrates its 50th anniversary as a parallel section to the Cannes Film Festival.
Martin Scorsese will be given the award during the opening night of Directors’ Fortnight on May 9. As part of the tribute, Mean Street, which Scorsese presented at Directors’ Fortnight in 1974, will be screened, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker.
Launched in 2002 by the SFR (the guild of French directors), the Carrosse d’Or is awarded to directors boasting “innovative qualities, courage and independent-mindedness of his or her work.”
Recently, Martin Scorsese get into in the Netflix controversy with his decision to make The Irishman, his upcoming Robert De Niro/Al Pacino crime drama, for Netflix, that sent a shockwave through the industry. Here was a titan of American cinema who has steeped his career in the power of the big screen experience, working with a digital studio that almost certainly doesn’t share his passion for theaters.
By the time Scorsese started production in late 2017, the Cannes Film Festival — which has celebrated the filmmaker for decades — had already banned Netflix-produced movies from its venerated competition, after French exhibitors complained about the company’s lack of interest in theatrical distribution.
In fact, the filmmaker has started to explore ways of grappling with the digital frontier even as he continues to treasure the traditional moviegoing process.
Martin Scorsese succeeds Werner Herzog, who received the Carrosse d’Or last year. The board of the SRF is headed by Celine Sciamma, Rebecca Zlotowski and Yann Gonzalez.
This 50th edition of Directors’ Fortnight will be the last to be helmed by artistic director Edouard Waintrop. Paolo Moretti will take over in 2019.
Sources: Variety, IndieWire.