Director, Script Writer BELGIUM

Jean-Pierre DARDENNE

Jean-Pierre DARDENNE

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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

LE JEUNE AHMED YOUNG AHMED 2019 In Competition – Feature Films Script / Dialogue , Director
DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT 2014 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
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 ((tied)) Director , Script / Dialogue
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Directors

Agnès VARDA

Agnès VARDA

Director
Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL

Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL

Director
Catherine CORSINI

Catherine CORSINI

Hsiao Hsien HOU

Hsiao Hsien HOU

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KORE-EDA Hirokazu

KORE-EDA Hirokazu

Director, Script Writer
Jacques AUDIARD

Jacques AUDIARD

Director
Ken LOACH

Ken LOACH

Director
Pedro ALMODÓVAR

Pedro ALMODÓVAR

Director, Writer, Producer
René CLÉMENT

René CLÉMENT

Director
Wim WENDERS

Wim WENDERS

Director
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