Shortly after the First World War, Julien Davenne goes home to live a quiet life in the town he was born in. Julien’s life conceals a secret: his passionate memories of Julie, his wife, who died a sudden death, shortly after they were married. One room in his house, the ‘green room’, is devoted to his worship of the dead woman, and Julien spends many hours there, meditating. His search for memories of her leads him to an auction room where he meets Cécilia, with whom he strikes up a special friendship.
He took his first steps in cinema as a ‘Cahiers du Cinéma’ critic under the tutelage of Andre Bazin. He was born in 1932 in Paris and died in 1984 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. His debut feature, ‘The 400 Blows’, won the first Golden Spike at Seminci in 1960. The Valladolid Festival has cherished his cinematic output, awarded a Golden Labarum in 1970 for ‘The Wild Child’ and another Golden Spike in 1972 for ‘Two English Girls ‘, another gem in a film career full of unforgettable titles such as ‘Jules and Jim’ (1962), ‘Stolen Kisses’ (1968), ‘Day for Night’ (1973) and ‘Small Change’ (1976). He received three Oscar nominations, a Bafta and awards at the Cannes and Berlin film festivals, while as an actor he is best remembered for his role in ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ (Steven Spielberg, 1977).