Renowned French and Swiss film director Jean-Luc Godard will be the guest of honor at the 12th International Student Film Festival which will begin in Tel Aviv on May 30.
Godard, who says he is arriving "as a private citizen and as an eternal film student," will hold a meeting with students at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque on June 4.
Godard, 78, is one of founding members of the Nouvelle Vague or "French New Wave". He studied ethnology in the Sorbonne in Paris, where he joined a group of cinema fans, including François Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and Éric Rohmer.
The group's members began as critics for the influential film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma, which engaged in an innovative film theory and criticism.
Godard's first documentary film, "Operation Beton," was released in 1945. Since then, he has directed some of cinema's most classic films, including "Vivre sa Vie", "Breathless" starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, "Alphaville", "Pierrot le Fou" and "A Woman is a Woman".
Many of Godard's films included political statements, and for a certain period of time he was even identified with communism.
Apart from Godard, the International Student Film Festival will also host directors John Sayles, Julio Medem, Amy Williams and Jay Craven, as well as Canadian actress-director Sarah Polley and German producer Klaus Maeck.