“From Toronto to London, Moscow to Rio, she has screened at the world’s most important film festivals,” Maule said.
Known for her deep ethnographic sensibility and ability to explore and interweave both narrative and documentary cinematic styles, Ottinger has won many international prizes.
She has had retrospectives of her work at the Cinemathèque française in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She is also known for her contemporary art practice and has exhibited widely.
“A master of many media, for decades [Ottinger] has also exhibited her paintings, installation art and photography in major galleries and museums around the world,” added Maule. “Her photos, which echo her films in subject matter and context, have featured at the biennales in Venice and Berlin.”
‘Put your ideas back on their feet’
Ottinger remains a vital artistic force and is currently working on a film about Paris in the 1960s. Addressing the audience at the ceremony, Ottinger spoke not only of the challenges she faced in becoming an artist in Paris in the 1960s but also of the complexity of reflecting on herself as a young artist from the perspective of a senior filmmaker and artist now.