Jean-Luc Godard's masterpiece Breathless from 1960 was the starting point for the new French wave. The film is about the petty criminal Michel and the American journalist Patricia, with whom his is in love. In order not to get caught for speeding, Michel shoots a traffic policeman and tries to persuade Patricia to flee to Italy with him. The couple's relationship deepens as they flee from the police. Breathless was nominated for a BAFTA and won the silver bear in Berlin for best direction.