It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL
FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DECEMBER 10TH 2017
Passion & Integrity
Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy
Rebecca Zlotowski – France
The Best Director Award
Writer - Director
Rebecca Zlotowski is the recipient of the TheWIFTS Best Director Award 2017 for her film Planetarium. Her personal quest to tackle‘complex tableaus’ is evident in her films to date and illustrates her skill and talent as a director with a vision that has a stamp that marks a style that is solely hers.
With a degree in modern literature, Rebecca Zlotowski attended Fondation Européenne pour les Métiers de l’Image et du Son. (FEMIS). It was there among many interesting and determining encounters with other budding artists she met Cyprien Vial, with whom she codirected the short Dans le rang, winner of the Society of Authors and Dramatic Composers prize at the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes in 2006.
Natalie Portman in Planetarium
For her end of year project she wrote the script for Belle Epine (aka Dear Prudence) centered around two teenage girls who bond over drugs, partying, and music after being arrested, trying to find themselves in a difficult world. In 2010 Zlotowski marked her directorial with Belle Epine, starring Lea Seydoux, Anais Demoustier and Agathe Schlenker, which won the Louis Delluc Prize for Best First Film 2010 at Cannes, and garnered a nomination for Lea Seydoux at the Cesars (The French equivalent of The Oscars).
In 2013 Rebecca Zlotowski was at Cannes again in competition with Grand Central, teaming once more with Lea Seydoux and costarring Tahar Rahim. Grand Central, a love story exploring three-way romance between nuclear plant workers, won the François Chalais Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes that year. The film also won Cabourg Film Festival-Grand Prix and the Lumières Award-Special Jury Prize.
Natalie Portman and Louis Garrel - Planatarium
During 2014, Zlotowski was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She was the head of the jury for the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award for the International Critics' Week section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2015 she was selected to be on the jury for the Cinéfondation and short films sections at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and announced her next film, Planetarium.
Natalie Portman and Emmanuel Salinger - Planetarium
Planetarium follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris. Planetarium stars Natalie Portman, Lily Rose Depp, and Emmanuel Salinger.
Rebecca Zlotowski is Professor in the department of cinema at the University of Lyon 2.