Before the opening of the 70th Festival de Cannes
Director BELGIUM

Jean-Pierre DARDENNE

Jean-Pierre DARDENNE

© Christine Plenus

Biography

"With the Cinéfondation and the Short Film Competition, one is certain to discover young filmmakers, new ways of seeing which will help us in the business of living."

Jean-Pierre Dardenne was born in 1951 in Engis (Belgium). When studying drama he met the poet, playwright and director Armand Gatti and became his assistant. In 1974, he and his brother Luc began shooting socially engaged videos and reports, going on to produce and direct documentaries from the production workshop Dérives. They moved into fiction with Falsch (1987), followed by Je Pense à Vous (1992). Their third film, La Promesse (1996), was successfully presented at the Directors’ Fortnight. In 1999, the Festival de Cannes selected Rosetta for the competition and the jury bestowed the film with the Palme d’Or – as well as the Best Actress prize, to newcomer Émilie Dequenne. The brothers were again in competition in 2002 with The Son for which Olivier Gourmet won Best Actor. In 2005, they came away with their second Palme d’Or, for The Child. Lorna’s Silence was awarded Best Screenplay in 2008. Continuing their journey with the Festival de Cannes, in 2011 they were back with The Kid with a Bike, for which they received the Grand Prix. In 1994, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne founded Les Films du Fleuve to produce their own films and those of other directors.

Films presented at Cannes

LA FILLE INCONNUE THE UNKNOWN GIRL 2016 In Competition – Feature Films Director, Script / Dialogue
LE GAMIN AU VÉLO THE KID WITH A BIKE 2011 In Competition – Feature Films Director, Script / Dialogue
LE SILENCE DE LORNA LORNA’S SILENCE 2008 In Competition – Feature Films Director, Script / Dialogue
Film poster
CHACUN SON CINÉMA TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA 2007 Out of Competition Director
L'ENFANT 2005 In Competition – Feature Films Director, Script / Dialogue
LE FILS 2002 In Competition – Feature Films Director, Script / Dialogue
ROSETTA 1999 In Competition – Feature Films Director, Script / Dialogue

Awards

THE KID WITH A BIKE
LE GAMIN AU VÉLO THE KID WITH A BIKE 2011 Grand Prix (Joint) Director, Script / Dialogue
LORNA’S SILENCE
LE SILENCE DE LORNA LORNA’S SILENCE 2008 Award for Best Screenplay Director, Script / Dialogue
L'ENFANT
L'ENFANT 2005 Palme d'Or Director, Script / Dialogue
ROSETTA
ROSETTA 1999 Palme d'Or Director, Script / Dialogue
Jury members
President - Cinéfondation & Short Films - 2012
President - Caméra d'Or - 2006
President - Cinéfondation & Short Films - 2000
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Directors

Alexandru BADEA

Alexandru BADEA

Cristian MUNGIU

Cristian MUNGIU

Director
Clara KUPERBERG

Clara KUPERBERG

Director
Gregoire LEPRINCE RINGUET

Gregoire LEPRINCE RINGUET

Director
Jonathan JAKUBOWICZ

Jonathan JAKUBOWICZ

Régis WARGNIER

Régis WARGNIER

Director
Raymund Ribay GUTIERREZ

Raymund Ribay GUTIERREZ

Director
Simon VAHLNE

Simon VAHLNE

Director
Tomás GUTIÉRREZ ALEA

Tomás GUTIÉRREZ ALEA

Woody ALLEN

Woody ALLEN

Director
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