French director and noted film critic Eric Rohmer died Monday in Paris.  He was 89.

A 2001 Golden Lion winner at the Venice Film Festival, Rohmer was famous for psychological meditations on life such as “My Night at Maud’s” and “Claire’s Knee” which made him an iconic figure in French cinema.  

“He never sold out,” said Sony Pictures Classics co-prexy Michael Barker, who distributed several of Rohmer’s films, first with Orion Classics and then with Sony. “He symbolized the essence of independent film.”