ROME – Jean-Luc Godard will be honored with the 2015 Swiss Film Honorary Award during a gala in Geneva on March 13.
The reclusive French-Swiss auteur and film critic, considered a founding father of the French Nouvelle Vague, is expected to attend the gala ceremony in Geneva’s Batiment des Forces Motrices cultural center.
The Swiss Confederation’s Honorary Award, which is the country’s most prestigious film nod, carries 30,000 Swiss Francs, ($32,000).
Godard, 84, has made more than forty films and experimental videos, ranging from “Breathless,” which thrust him on the international film scene in 1960, to his 3D work “Goodbye to Language,” which won the Jury Prize in 2014 at the Cannes Film Festval, which Godard did not attend. “Goodbye To Language” was recently named top film of 2014 by the National Society of Film Critics in the U.S.
In 2010 Godard was awarded an Honorary Academy Award, but did not attend the ceremony.
However Godard has attended events closer to his home in Rolle, Switzerland. In 2010 he attended the Swiss Federal “Grand Prix Design” award ceremony in Zurich, and in 2013 was at the award ceremony of the “Prix et Bourses culturels Leenaards 2013” in Lausanne.