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Jean-Pierre Dardenne was born in 1951 in Liège, Belgium. In 1975, Jean-Pierre and his brother Luc founded the company 'Derives', which has since produced some 60 films, including their own. Their main aesthetic combines a naturalist, unadorned style, featuring distilled narratives shot with hand-held, almost documentary-like cinematography. They have won the Cannes Palme d'Or twice, for 'Rosetta' (1999) and 'The Child' (2005).
Luc Dardenne was born in Liège, Belgium in 1954. In 1975, Luc and his brother Jean-Pierre founded the company 'Derives', which has since produced some 60 films, including their own. Their main aesthetic combines a naturalist, unadorned style, featuring distilled narratives shot with hand-held, almost documentary-like cinematography. They have won the Cannes Palme d'Or twice, for 'Rosetta' (1999) and 'The Child' (2005).
Bavo Defurne, born in 1971 in Ghent, is a Belgian filmmaker known for his rich and powerful narratives surrounding gay love and loss. His films deal with themes of the body and the power of nature and silence. 'Kampvuur' won the Film Four Short Film Prize at the BFI London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in 2000. The award-winning 'Northsea, Texas' (2011) was his first feature film.
Arnaud Desplechin was born in 1960 in Roubaix, France. In 1984, he graduated with a degree in cinematography from the IDHEC film school in Paris. His first few films were screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and were critically successful. His 2013 film 'Jimmy Picard' was nominated for the 2013 Palme D'or.
Born in Montreal in 1989, Xavier Dolan started his career as an actor as well as doing voice work in the dubbing industry. He attracted international attention when his debut feature 'I Killed My Mother' won three awards at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. It was also Canada's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
A French filmmaker who works with Jacques Martineau, best known for balancing gay themes with comedy, his most popular international film has been 'Cockles and Mussels' (2005). His most recent film, 'Theo & Hugo' (2016) is a rhapsodic love letter to Paris, as the eponymous couple leave a gay club late one weekend night and wander the streets of the French capital.
Bold, visionary and occasionally controversial, Bruno Dumont explores the darker side of the human psyche and our capacity for violence, although his recent work has surprised some with its comedy. His feature debut 'La Vie de Jésus' (1997) ranks alongside Truffaut's 'The 400 Blows' (1959) and Maurice Pialat's 'L'Enfance Nue' (1969) in its unsentimental portrait of youth. He followed it with 'Humanité' (1999), a contemporary drama with biblical overtones which, along with 'TwentyNine Palms' (2003), an account of a relationship breaking down in the desert outside Los Angeles, divided critics. If 'Flanders' (2006), 'Hadewijch' (2009) and the extraordinary 'Camille Claudel 1915' (2013), the latter featuring a stunning performance by Juliette Binoche as the gifted but troubled artist, all testify to Dumont's seriousness as a filmmaker, the dark humour of 'Hors Satan' (2011) hinted at the gear change that was to come. In 'P'tit Quinquin' (2014), Dumont has two inept detectives investigating a series of bizarre deaths in a small coastal town in Northern France. Nothing is what it seems and the crimes eventually take a back seat to Dumont's hilarious character studies. Murder also lies at the heart of 'Slack Bay' (2017). Returning to the French coast, albeit in 1910, it details the relationship between an aristocratic family who have married-in perhaps a few too many times and the locals who live nearby. Outrageously funny, with superb performances by Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, it highlights Dumont's mastery over farce and his ability to surprise with his shifts in tone and levity.