Jean Vigo (26 April 1905, Paris – 5 October 1934), was a French film director, whose work influenced French New Wave of the late 1950s and early 1960s. This filmmaker was also admired for his poetic realism. His childhood was marked by the death of his father and by his mother’s abandonment. He spent his youth in boarding schools. Aged 23, he started working in the cinema, then bought a camera and started filming. His first two movies were: À propos de Nice (1930), and Taris, roi de l’eau (1931) (aka Taris, swimming champion). Two of his most influental films were: Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège (1933) (aka Zero for Conduct: Young Devils in School), a masterpiece inspired by his memories of boarding schools, and L’Atalante (1934), a romantic and realistic story of two people falling in love on a barge. He died at the age of 29, from tuberculosis. Navarra International Documentary Film Festival from Spain established Jean Vigo Award in 2007.