A master of the western at the FNC

A western master at the FNC


Big visit Friday night at the Festival du nouveau cinema (FNC): veteran American filmmaker Walter Hill comes to town to receive a Wolf of Honor for his entire career.

This honorary prize will be presented to him on Friday evening at the Imperial Cinema before the screening of his new feature film, the western Dead for a Dollar. The 80-year-old director's work will be celebrated throughout the weekend as the FNC will also present three of his best-known films, The Driver (1978), The Warriors (1979 ) and Extreme Prejudice (1987)

“I'm not a fan of the idea of ​​awarding prizes in the competitive sections of festivals because I consider the profession we do not to be a sport. On the other hand, I find it legitimate to give a prize to recognize the body of a work, “said the director of the popular detective comedy 48 Hours (1982) during an interview given by videoconference to the Journal last week.

“I am the first to applaud when I see some of my colleagues receiving tributes. But when it's my turn, I try to approach it with modesty. I'm not one to sit on my laurels. I prefer to look to the future. »

Back West

Released last Friday on video on demand, Dead for a Dollar stars Christoph Waltz and Willem Dafoe in the respective roles of a bounty hunter and a criminal fresh out of prison. This 22nd feature film in his career allowed him to reconnect with his favorite genre: the western. 

“I started to like cinema thanks to westerns, recalls the filmmaker. 

“When I was little, my brother and I went to see westerns in our neighborhood cinema. Later, when I came to Hollywood at 23 trying to find a job, the first thing I did was work as an assistant on western shows like Gunsmoke. I felt good in the world of westerns so, when I was offered to direct The Long Riders (in 1980), I jumped at the chance. I think at the end of the day, I did more Westerns than anyone else in Hollywood except maybe Clint Eastwood! »