On Monday November 28th 2022, Les Cahiers du Cinéma awarded the André Bazin Prize to the director Panah Panahi for his film Hit the Road, at the legendary Parisian restaurant La Coupole. Named after one of its founders – film critic André Bazin – the prize was established in 2022 by the magazine with the support of CHANEL, as a means to reward and highlight a director’s debut film released in France during the year. This partnership seals the relationship between CHANEL and Les Cahiers du Cinéma, initiated last year at the magazine’s 70th anniversary.
Founded in 1951, Les Cahiers du Cinéma was the cradle of the Nouvelle Vague filmmakers, a movement that Gabrielle Chanel accompanied from the beginning by dressing its actresses and muses both on and off screen. From Delphine Seyrig in François Truffaut’s “Stolen Kisses” and Alain Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad”, to Jeanne Moreau in Louis Malle’s “Elevator to the Gallows”, and not forgetting Anna Karina, Jean-Luc Godard’s muse, the CHANEL style contributed to the ultimate modernity of these heroines, the images and the directors. By associating itself with the Cahiers du Cinéma André Bazin Prize, CHANEL continues to demonstrate its commitment to the seventh art.
The jury for this inaugural award was composed of filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin, dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, director of photography Céline Bozon, the editor-in-chief of Les Cahiers du Cinéma Marcos Uzal, its deputy editor-in-chief Charlotte Garson and the actress and CHANEL ambassador Lyna Khoudri, as well as Zoé Lhuillier, a reader of the magazine. The prize awarded to Panah Panahi includes a 20,000 euro grant to be used for his second film. The trophy was made by the goldsmith Goossens, which is part of the Fashion Métiers d’art.
Major figures from the film world attended the event, including the actresses Rebecca Marder, Alma Jodorowsky, Lyna Khoudri, Clémence Poésy, Karidja Touré, Elsa Zylberstein, Kayije Kagame, Anne Berest, Lou Lampros, Naama Preis, Zita Hanrot, Virginie Ledoyen, Élodie Bouchez, Céline Sallette, Julie Gayet and Irène Jacob, the actor Niels Schneider and the director Rebecca Zlotowski, as well as the musician Thomas Bangalter and the model Ola Rudnicka.