Bertrand Tavernier (1941) is a French director, producer and critic. Tavernier started out as an assistant director to Jean-Pierre Melville on Léon Morin, prêtre (1961). His debut film was L’horloger de Saint-Paul (1974) which also marked the beginning of his long collaboration with actor Philippe Noiret. His filmography comprises a wide range of films, including La vie et rien d’autre, which won a BAFTA award in 1990, and Un dimanche à la campagne (1984). As a critic, Tavernier wrote articles for Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1960s. He published 50 ans de cinéma Américain (1991) and Amis Américains (1993), a collection of interviews with American filmmakers and screenwriters. He is the president of the Institute Lumière, which aims to preserve film culture in France.