French opera, theatre director Chereau dies at 68
PARIS (AP) - Patrice Chereau, a celebrated French actor and director in film, theater and opera who was renowned for cutting-edge productions, has died, officials said on Tuesday. He was 68.
Chereau died in Paris on Monday from complications related to cancer, said the Artmedia talent agency that represented him.
Impassioned by the performing arts at a young age, Chereau showed breadth as a director - from his revolutionary production of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle at the 1976 Bayreuth Festival to his blood-soaked 16th-century period piece and biopic Queen Margot, a 1994 film starring French icon Isabelle Adjani which won the Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Chereau, who headed the Cannes jury in 2003, chalked up directing credits on dozens of plays and operas, plus 10 films - each of which was a "masterpiece", said French President Francois Hollande. Chereau's 2001 film Intimacy, a love story, won the Golden Bear in Berlin.