The Centennial

2017 – 2018

“I believe you must be madly in love with cinema to create films. You also need a huge cinematic baggage.”
Jean-Pierre Melville

“I believe you must be madly in love with cinema to create films. You also need a huge cinematic baggage”.

Jean-Pierre Melville

Jean-Pierre Melville was born on October 20, 1917. In order to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of his birth, the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation is launching a series of cultural exchanges and retrospectives around the
world that will commemorate the Melvillian cinema, and the legendary director who made some of the most influential films of their time. These celebrations will start in 2017 and continue until late 2018.

The various events are ultimately intended to promote Jean-Pierre Melville’s cinematic heritage and usher a cultural dialogue amongst a new generation of contemporary artists. Retrospectives, screenings, and master classes will be set throughout established international festivals and events.
The Melville Centennial commemorative coffee-table book, including pictures on Melville’s sets, shooting anecdotes,
acknowledgments of famous filmmakers, will be published on the anniversary of his birth.


Michael Mann

As a tribute to Jean-Pierre Melville’s influence on generations of filmmakers Michael Mann joins Laurent Grousset and Rémy Grumbach as an Ambassador of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Centennial.

Taylor Hackford

Taylor Edwin Hackford is an American film director and former president of the Directors Guild of America. He won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Teenage Father (1979). Hackford went on to direct a number of highly regarded feature films, most notably An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Ray (2004), the latter of which saw him nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and Academy Award for Best Picture.

Enrique Urbizu

Enrique Urbizu was born in 1962 in Bilbao, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain. He is a director, known for La novena puerta (1999), La caja 507 (2002) and No habrá paz para los malvados (2011).


Paris, France
Master Class Studio Canal with Philippe Labro and Rémy Grumbach

Havana, Cuba
20th French Film Festival
Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

Los Angeles, USA
Colcoa French Film Festival

New York, USA
Film Forum

Berkeley, USA
Pacific Film Archives

Brussels, Belgium
Brussels Film Festival
Tribute to Jean-Pierre Melville & Retrospective

Brussels, Belgium
Cinematheque Royale
Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

Transilvania, Romania
Transilvania Film Festival- Tiff June 2-11

Bucarest, Romania
Salle Elvire Popesco Institut Français
Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

Erevan, Armenia
14th Festival Golden Apricot
Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

Toronto, Canada
Toronto International Film Festival
Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem International Film Festival
Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

Helsinki, Finland

Los Angeles, Usa
American Cinematheque
Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

Francfort, Germany

Madrid, Spain
Institut Français (September 7th)
Presentation of the documentary “Codename Melville”
With the presence of the Ambassador.

Madrid, Spain
Academia de Cine
Selection of Jean-Pierre Melville movies & Round table

Madrid, Spain
Filmoteca Española
Full Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

British Film Institute
Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

Institut français
Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

Pingyao, China
Pingyao Film Festival

Festival Lumière

Paris, France
Retrospective Jean-Pierre Melville

Seoul, Korea

Beyrut, Libano
Selection of Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

Mexico DF, México
National Cinematheque

Lisboa, Portugal
European Film Gateway

Valladolid, Spain
62th Seminci Festival
Special tribute to Jean-Pierre Melville, presenting la première in Spain of the remasterised movie” Le Doulos” and his first short film “ 24h de la vie d´un Clown”

Yangon, Birmanie
Memory International Film Heritage

Praga, Czech Republic
20th French Film Festival

Dublin, Irlande
Irish Film Institute.
Festival du film français

Festival de la Baule

Fukuoka, Japan
National Film Center
Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective

Valencia, Spain
Fimoteca de Valencia

Tapei, Taiwan

Beijing, China

Marrakesh, Morocco
International Film Festival

Cantabria, Spain
Filmoteca de Cantabria

Galicia, Spain
Fimoteca de Galicia

Vilnius, Lituanie
Ecrans d´hiver Festival

Barcelona, Spain
Filmoteca de Catalunya

Fundación Municipal de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Oviedo


L´Institut Français, an actor in the diplomatic influence of France
The French Institute, under the aegis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the International Development (MAEDI) and the Ministry of Culture and Communication (MCC), actively contributes to France’s diplomatic influence. Its projects and programs take into account local contexts and are based on a unique capacity of deployment through the vast network of cultural services of all the French Embassies, French Institutes and French Alliances are present on five continents and constitute areas of priority influence .
L´Institut Français promotes artists, ideas, works and industries abroad, while encouraging artistic exchanges and dialogue between cultures. It is notably active in the promotion and cultural distribution of French films abroad through its network and more than 300 major partners worldwide. Its programs contribute to the non-commercial distribution of French films and the promotion of French film classics. In collaboration with its institutional partners, l’Institut français presented the onset of the centennial celebration of iconic director Jean-Pierre Melville’s contribution to film history on its «Pavillon Les Cinémas du Monde» during the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
It launched worldwide en 2017 the Jean-Pierre Melville retrospective.