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French New Wave director Alain Resnais dies

1 of 1 Alain Resnais at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012
Alain Resnais at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012

Pioneering French film director Alain Resnais has died at the age of 91.

His producer Jean-Louis Livi confirmed that Renais passed away in Paris yesterday (March 1),

The influential director, who was hugely influential to the New Wave movement, had been involved in the film industry for more than 60 years.

Renais - who was awarded a lifetime achievement prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2009 - directed movies including 1961's Last Year at Marienbad and Nazi concentration camp documentary Night and Fog.

Resnais's first feature film Hiroshima mon amour (1959) is regarded as a classic of modern cinema, heralded the emerging French New Wave and earned an Oscar nomination for screenwriter Marguerite Duras.

Life of Riley, the director's final film, was shot in 2013 and last month won a prize for innovation at the Berlin Film Festival.

Renais is survived by his wife Sabine Azema.

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