Film director Alain Resnais, one of the shining lights of the French New Wave style and the creator of important works such as "Night and Fog," "My American Uncle" and "Hiroshima mon amour," has died, his family said. He was 91.
Resnais, born in the northwestern city of Vannes in Brittany in 1922, died Saturday night in Paris.
France has lost "one of its greatest filmmakers," President François Hollande said.
The last of Resnais's 20 feature films, "The Life of Riley" ("Aimer, boire et chanter" in French, 2014), won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the recent edition of the Berlin International Film Festival and the FIPRESCI International Film Critics Award at the same event.
Resnais won five French Cesar awards - three for best film and two for best director - two Golden Bear awards in Berlin, three Venice Film Festival awards, a BAFTA and a special jury prize at Cannes, among others.
A traveling companion of François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, Resnais is considered to be an exponent of the New Wave of French film, although the director never identified himself with that movement.
His first fictional feature length film, "Hiroshima mon amour" (1959), which he directed at age 37, had the screenplay written by Marguerite Duras and was a major catalyst for the French New Wave, making highly innovative use of miniature flashbacks to create a uniquely nonlinear storyline.
The director, who never sought media attention for its own sake, married his then-assistant, Florence Malraux, in 1969 but then began living with his muse, actress Sabine Azema, in the 1980's, eventually marrying her in 1998. EFE