Jean-Luc Godard created a new style of cinema when he released Breathless in 1960, forever changing the form of storytelling throughout the world of cinema including Hollywood. For many cinephiles , Breathless is recognized as the first notable use of the jump cut, and alongside Francois Truffaut, Godard introduced America to the French New Wave movement.
Earlier today, in Lausanne, Switzerland at the Casino de Montbenon, the prestigious FIAF, the International Federation of Film Archives awarded the famed French-Swiss filmmaker with its 2019 FIAF Award. As one of the world’s treasured filmmakers, Jean-Luc Godard may be one of the last living exponents of the French New Wave.
FIAF was first founded in 1938 by the British Film Institute in London, the Cinémathèque française in Paris, MoMA in New York, and the Reichsfilmarchiv in Berlin. Since then, the International Federation of Film Archives has brought together 166 institutions in 75 countries with a mission to rescue, preserve, collect and screen valued works of film as historical documents.