The 2011 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award honored the icon of French cinema Jean Vigo (1905-1934) and was presented to his daughter, Paris-based film critic Luce Vigo, by Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight at the Four Seasons Hotel on April 10, 2011.
The legendary American film director Martin Scorsese sent a letter for the occassion to the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute with words on Vigo, Sergei Parajanov and Mikhail Vartanov, all of whom had fought against censorship.
“…It is fitting that the institute named in memory of Paradjanov and Mikhail Vartanov, who made the wonderful film PARADJANOV: THE LAST SPRING, is honoring the genius of Jean Vigo with the first Hollywood retrospective in recent years… I wish I could be there…”
Luce Vigo (born in 1931) and Mikhail Vartanov met in Spain in 2007. Vartanov was a member of the Punto de Vista jury. With his Parajanov: The Last Spring, he was also part of “Dear Andrei” retrospective of documentary films featuring Tarkovsky.
After watching the film Luce Vigo said:
“I saw that Paradjanov wasn’t alone, he had Vartanov, like Jean Vigo who had Boris Kaufman.”
After Vartanov passed away in December of 2009, Punto de Vista (in early 2010) organized an exhibition of photographs by Martiros Vartanov, entitled I Will Wear Your Beret Papa, which featured Luce Vigo, among others.
A year later, at age 80, Luce Vigo came from Paris to Hollywood to accept the aforementioned award. The inscription on it partly read:
“2011 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award, presented to the forever 3 year old Luce Vigo to honor her eternally 29 year old father, the genius Jean Vigo for his masterpiece Zero for Conduct.”
Luce Vigo passed away in 2017 in Paris.
The complete collection of all 4 of Jean Vigo’s films (the documentaries A promos de Nice and Taris, as well as the features Zero for Conduct and L’Atalante) are available on The Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD here.
2011 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award media coverage