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Claire Denis

Biography

French film movie director whose function showcased the problems of colonial and post-colonial Western world Africa aswell as contemporary France. She was raised in a number of French African countries, including Somalia, Senegal, and Camaroon. Her 2009 film Light Materials, about an African nation in a period of civil battle, gained her a nomination for the Golden Lion on the Venice Film Celebration. She was raised with a youthful sister. She and Sofia Coppola both became achieved female directors.

Quick Facts


Full Name Claire Denis
Date Of Birth April 21, 1946
Place Of Birth France
Profession Director
Education Institut des hautes études cinématographiques
Nationality French
Nominations Golden Lion, César Award for Best First Feature Film, Grand Jury Prize, Best Screenplay Award, Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film, Silver Lion for Best Director, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film, British Independent Film Award for Best Foreign Independent Film - Foreign Language, Upstream – Special Jury Award, Silver Lion for Best Story and Screenplay, Upstream Prize – Special Mention, San Marco Prize
Movies Beau Travail, White Material, Trouble Every Day, Bastards, 35 Shots of Rum, Chocolat, The Intruder, Nénette and Boni, I Can't Sleep, No Fear, No Die, Let the Sunshine In, Friday Night, U.S. Go Home, Towards Mathilde, Ten Minutes Older: The Cello, Venus Beauty Institute, The City, Man no run, Keep It for Yourself, Jacques Rivette, le veilleur, À propos de Nice, la suite, Voilà l'enchaînement, To Have (or not), To the Devil, Never Forget, High Life, 15 Mai, Against Oblivion
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1Worked as an assistant director to Wim Wenders (on Paris,Texas and Der Himmel über Berlin) and Jim Jarmusch (Down by Law).
2Ancient student at L'IDHEC (La FEMIS).
3Worked as an extra on Robert Bresson's Four Nights of a Dreamer. She can be seen walking by the Seine in a night scene.
4Raised in colonial French Africa.
5Studied Economics.
6Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2005.
7Professor at La Femis (Paris)


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
High Life2018pre-production
The Breidjing Camp2015TV Movie documentary
Voilà l'enchaînement2014Short
Venice 70: Future Reloaded2013Documentary
Les salauds2013
To the Devil2011Short
White Material2009
35 Shots of Rum2008
Vers Mathilde2005Documentary
L'intrus2004
The Cello2002segment "Vers Nancy"
Friday Night2002
Trouble Every Day2001
Beau travail1999
Nenette and Boni1996
À propos de Nice, la suite1995segment "Nice, Very Nice"
Boom-Boom1994
Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge...1994TV Series 1 episode
J'ai pas sommeil1994
Cinéma, de notre temps1994TV Series documentary 1 episode
Monologues1993TV Series 1 episode
Keep It for Yourself1991Short
Contre l'oubli1991segment "Pour Ushari Ahmed Mahmoud, Soudan"
S'en fout la mort1990
Man No Run1989Documentary
Chocolat1988

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
J'ai pas sommeil1994screenplay
Monologues1993TV Series writer - 1 episode
Keep It for Yourself1991Short
S'en fout la mort1990
Chocolat1988writer
High Life2018pre-production
The Breidjing Camp2015TV Movie documentary
Les salauds2013screenplay
To the Devil2011Short
White Material2009scenario
35 Shots of Rum2008scenario
L'intrus2004
The Cello2002segment "Vers Nancy"
Friday Night2002
Trouble Every Day2001
Beau travail1999writer
El Medina1999writer
Nenette and Boni1996
Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge...1994TV Series writer - 1 episode

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wings of Desire1987first assistant director
Down by Law1986assistant director
Paris, Texas1984assistant director
To Catch a King1984TV Movie first assistant director
Hanna K.1983first assistant director
Le bâtard1983first assistant director
La passante du Sans-Souci1982first assistant director
On n'est pas des anges... elles non plus1981assistant director
Pile ou face1980assistant director
L'empreinte des géants1980assistant director
Zoo zéro1979first assistant director
Retour à la bien-aimée1979assistant director
Mais où et donc Ornicar1979first assistant director
Surreal Estate1976first assistant director
The Old Gun1975assistant director
The Golden Mass1975second assistant director
The Secret1974second assistant director
Sweet Movie1974second assistant director

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Adieu Berthe - L'enterrement de mémé2012Une femme à l'enterrement
To the Devil2011Short
Vénus beauté (institut)1999La cliente asthmatique
Le jour de Noël1998Short
En avoir (ou pas)1995Alice's Mother
Mais où et donc Ornicar1979Jeune accouchée

Casting Director

Casting Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sacrifice1986
Le bâtard1983

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Leviathan2012/IDocumentary thanks
Here2011/Ispecial thanks
Postcard Days2010very special thanks
Hotel Paradijs2007Short special thanks
Porn Theater2002thanks
Irma Vep1996thanks
Night on Earth1991acknowledgment: advice and inspiration

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Duels2016TV Series documentaryHerself
The Breidjing Camp2015TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Días de cine2011-2014TV SeriesHerself
Trespassing Bergman2013DocumentaryHerself
Bergmans video2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself (2012)
The Story of Film: An Odyssey2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Un jour, un destin2010TV Series documentaryHerself
Durch die Nacht mit...2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Avec Vincent Lindon2003TV Movie documentaryInterviewee
Une pure coïncidence2002DocumentaryCameo appearance
Le cercle du cinéma1997TV SeriesHerself
Bouillon de culture1997TV Series documentaryHerself
Cinéma, de notre temps1994TV Series documentaryHerself
The Media Show1989TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014A Tribute to... AwardZurich Film Festival
2013Lifetime Achievement AwardStockholm Film Festival

Claire Denis

2008Art Cinema AwardHamburg Film Festival35 rhums (2008)
2001KNF Award - Special MentionRotterdam International Film FestivalBeau travail (1999)
2000Reader Jury of the "Berliner Zeitung" - Special MentionBerlin International Film FestivalBeau travail (1999)
1996Golden LeopardLocarno International Film FestivalNénette et Boni (1996)
1996Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special MentionLocarno International Film FestivalNénette et Boni (1996)
1996Golden BayardNamur International Festival of French-Speaking FilmBest Artistic Contribution (Meilleure Contribution Artistique)Nénette et Boni (1996)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Foxtel Movies International AwardAdelaide Film FestivalBest FeatureLes salauds (2013)
2013Un Certain Regard AwardCannes Film FestivalLes salauds (2013)
2013VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest DirectorLes salauds (2013)
2011EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsLifetime Achievement AwardTied with Helen Mirren
2010Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Director35 rhums (2008)
2010ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Original Screenplay35 rhums (2008)· Jean-Pol Fargeau
2009ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Director35 rhums (2008)
2009Golden LionVenice Film FestivalWhite Material (2009)
2008Critics AwardHamburg Film Festival35 rhums (2008)
2008Screenplay AwardHamburg Film Festival35 rhums (2008)· Jean-Pol Fargeau
2005Jury AwardTribeca Film FestivalBest Documentary FeatureVers Mathilde (2005)
2004Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorVendredi soir (2002)
2004Grand PrixGhent International Film FestivalL'intrus (2004)
2004Golden LionVenice Film FestivalL'intrus (2004)
2001CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmBeau travail (1999)
2001Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorBeau travail (1999)
2001Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayBeau travail (1999)· Jean-Pol Fargeau
2001Golden BayardNamur International Festival of French-Speaking FilmBest Film (Meilleur Film Francophone)Trouble Every Day (2001)
2001Best FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalTrouble Every Day (2001)
1998Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Foreign FilmNénette et Boni (1996)
1996Golden BayardNamur International Festival of French-Speaking FilmBest Film (Meilleur Film Francophone)Nénette et Boni (1996)
1990Golden LionVenice Film FestivalS'en fout la mort (1990)
1989CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest First Work (Meilleure première oeuvre)Chocolat (1988)
1988Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalChocolat (1988)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest DirectorBeau travail (1999)


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#Quote
1I suppose I am interested in the variety of human life - how people live. I am most interested in individuals and how they respond to challenges or to difficulties, or just to each other. I am curious about people. So that's why I do a lot of different things. The cinema should be human and be part of people's lives; it should focus on ordinary existences in sometimes extraordinary situations and places. That is what really motivates me.
2For me, film-making is a journey into the impossible.
3Life is made of the only thing you can decide, the rest you can not: to commit suicide or to kill someone. The rest, happens.
4Every image is about subjectivity.
5I have a dreamy distance with reality, which is not a really good thing.

#Trademark
1Often works with cinematographer Agnès Godard
2Frequently works with Tindersticks
3Focus on the faces and bodies of her protagonists
4Themes regarding colonialism
5Hypnotical mood
6Elliptical edit

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