She will use the opportunity to finish writing her next feature film, “My Bitter Land,” which follows a man living on the margins of society who can travel through time.
The announcement was made at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Rohrwacher joins a list of past recipients that includes Athina Rachel Tsangari (“Chevalier”), Lisandro Alonso (“Jauja”), and Andrea Arnold (“Fish Tank”). Arnold’s new film, “American Honey” premieres at this year’s Cannes and was developed at the first residency.
The program was launched in 2013 to support filmmakers at the early stage the development of their work, while allowing them to create their films in New York City. There will be a luncheon to celebrate Rohrwacher’s selection on Friday in Cannes.
“A distinctive filmmaker with a warm, infectious spirit, Alice Rohrwacher is one of international cinema’s brightest lights, and throughout her career we have championed her work at the Film Society,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center Deputy Director Eugene Hernandez in a statement.
Rohrwacher originally wrote for theater and worked as a musician before getting filmmaking, initially as a documentary editor. Her first feature, the coming-of-age drama “Corpo Celeste,” premiered in Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight in 2011, and went on to play several major festivals such as Sundance and New York. Her second feature, “The Wonders,” a look at a young girl growing up on a bee farm, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is a Swiss watch and clock maker. The Film Society of Lincoln Center produces the annual New York Film Festival.