Franco-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, one of the fathers of the New Wave, died “peacefully” on Tuesday at his home in the small town of Rolle in Switzerland, his family said in a statement.
He was 91 years old.
“Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard died on September 13, 2022, announce his wife Anne-Marie Miéville and his producers. No official ceremony will take place. Jean-Luc Godard died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He will be cremated”, according to a brief press release sent to AFP by the family’s legal and tax advisor, Patrick Jeanneret.
Asked by AFP, he explained that the announcement should have been made in “two days” and that the press release had to be written in haste following the leak on the death of Mr. Godard in the press.
He died “peacefully at home, surrounded by his wife”, he said.
The cremation will take place “within two days, maybe tomorrow again”, he added, specifying that “the ashes will remain with his wife”.
The cremation “must really take place in privacy”, he insisted.