Honoured at Cannes, Bertolucci evokes 3D inspiration
Hollywood behemoth "Avatar" inspired Bernardo Bertolucci to make a film in 3D after years away from directing, the Italian veteran revealed Wednesday as he received a special award at Cannes.
The wheelchair-bound Bertolucci, 71, who shocked the world with his innovative use of butter in 1972's "Last Tango in Paris", was at the world's largest cinema event to receive the new Palme d'Honneur for his life's work.
"In the last five-six years, I was sure I wouldn't have done any more movies," said Bertolucci, who has never won the coveted Palme d'Or for the festival's best film despite directing since the age of 22.
"Then a year ago I started to realise that even in a wheelchair I could imagine my movements, especially my dolly movements.
"I had this idea... because I've seen 'Avatar', and I loved 'Avatar', and I was fascinated by it, the 3D, and then I started to think why is 3D considered only good for horror or science fiction or this kind of movie?
"I thought if '8 1/2' by Fellini was in 3D wouldn't it be great?" Bertolucci said, pointing out that German auteurs Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have both also been inspired to make films in 3D.
"It's strange that Wim and Herzog and myself, three European directors, they are a bit younger than me but coming from the same kind of school of thought, are all attracted by 3D."
Bertolucci, whose "Io e Te (Me and You)" about a 14-year-old boy, his 25-year-old sister and their time in a cellar is due out in 2013, apologised for not having "anything fresh" to offer Cannes this year.
Jury head Robert De Niro is expected to present Bertolucci with his Palme D'Honneur at the festival's opening ceremony on Wednesday night.
© 2011 AFP