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


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
High Life 2018 pre-production
The Breidjing Camp 2015 TV Movie documentary
Voilà l'enchaînement 2014 Short
Venice 70: Future Reloaded 2013 Documentary
Les salauds 2013
To the Devil 2011 Short
White Material 2009
35 Shots of Rum 2008
Vers Mathilde 2005 Documentary
L'intrus 2004
The Cello 2002 segment "Vers Nancy"
Friday Night 2002
Trouble Every Day 2001
Beau travail 1999
Nenette and Boni 1996
À propos de Nice, la suite 1995 segment "Nice, Very Nice"
Boom-Boom 1994
Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge... 1994 TV Series 1 episode
J'ai pas sommeil 1994
Cinéma, de notre temps 1994 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Monologues 1993 TV Series 1 episode
Keep It for Yourself 1991 Short
Contre l'oubli 1991 segment "Pour Ushari Ahmed Mahmoud, Soudan"
S'en fout la mort 1990
Man No Run 1989 Documentary
Chocolat 1988

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
J'ai pas sommeil 1994 screenplay
Monologues 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Keep It for Yourself 1991 Short
S'en fout la mort 1990
Chocolat 1988 writer
High Life 2018 pre-production
The Breidjing Camp 2015 TV Movie documentary
Les salauds 2013 screenplay
To the Devil 2011 Short
White Material 2009 scenario
35 Shots of Rum 2008 scenario
L'intrus 2004
The Cello 2002 segment "Vers Nancy"
Friday Night 2002
Trouble Every Day 2001
Beau travail 1999 writer
El Medina 1999 writer
Nenette and Boni 1996
Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge... 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wings of Desire 1987 first assistant director
Down by Law 1986 assistant director
Paris, Texas 1984 assistant director
To Catch a King 1984 TV Movie first assistant director
Hanna K. 1983 first assistant director
Le bâtard 1983 first assistant director
La passante du Sans-Souci 1982 first assistant director
On n'est pas des anges... elles non plus 1981 assistant director
Pile ou face 1980 assistant director
L'empreinte des géants 1980 assistant director
Zoo zéro 1979 first assistant director
Retour à la bien-aimée 1979 assistant director
Mais où et donc Ornicar 1979 first assistant director
Surreal Estate 1976 first assistant director
The Old Gun 1975 assistant director
The Golden Mass 1975 second assistant director
The Secret 1974 second assistant director
Sweet Movie 1974 second assistant director

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Adieu Berthe - L'enterrement de mémé 2012 Une femme à l'enterrement
To the Devil 2011 Short
Vénus beauté (institut) 1999 La cliente asthmatique
Le jour de Noël 1998 Short
En avoir (ou pas) 1995 Alice's Mother
Mais où et donc Ornicar 1979 Jeune accouchée

Casting Director

Casting Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sacrifice 1986
Le bâtard 1983

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Leviathan 2012/I Documentary thanks
Here 2011/I special thanks
Postcard Days 2010 very special thanks
Hotel Paradijs 2007 Short special thanks
Porn Theater 2002 thanks
Irma Vep 1996 thanks
Night on Earth 1991 acknowledgment: advice and inspiration

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Duels 2016 TV Series documentary Herself
The Breidjing Camp 2015 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Días de cine 2011-2014 TV Series Herself
Trespassing Bergman 2013 Documentary Herself
Bergmans video 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself (2012)
The Story of Film: An Odyssey 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself - Interviewee
Un jour, un destin 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
Durch die Nacht mit... 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Avec Vincent Lindon 2003 TV Movie documentary Interviewee
Une pure coïncidence 2002 Documentary Cameo appearance
Le cercle du cinéma 1997 TV Series Herself
Bouillon de culture 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
Cinéma, de notre temps 1994 TV Series documentary Herself
The Media Show 1989 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 A Tribute to... Award Zurich Film Festival
2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Stockholm Film Festival

Claire Denis

2008 Art Cinema Award Hamburg Film Festival 35 rhums (2008)
2001 KNF Award - Special Mention Rotterdam International Film Festival Beau travail (1999)
2000 Reader Jury of the "Berliner Zeitung" - Special Mention Berlin International Film Festival Beau travail (1999)
1996 Golden Leopard Locarno International Film Festival Nénette et Boni (1996)
1996 Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention Locarno International Film Festival Nénette et Boni (1996)
1996 Golden Bayard Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film Best Artistic Contribution (Meilleure Contribution Artistique) Nénette et Boni (1996)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Foxtel Movies International Award Adelaide Film Festival Best Feature Les salauds (2013)
2013 Un Certain Regard Award Cannes Film Festival Les salauds (2013)
2013 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Director Les salauds (2013)
2011 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award Tied with Helen Mirren
2010 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Director 35 rhums (2008)
2010 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Original Screenplay 35 rhums (2008) · Jean-Pol Fargeau
2009 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Director 35 rhums (2008)
2009 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival White Material (2009)
2008 Critics Award Hamburg Film Festival 35 rhums (2008)
2008 Screenplay Award Hamburg Film Festival 35 rhums (2008) · Jean-Pol Fargeau
2005 Jury Award Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Feature Vers Mathilde (2005)
2004 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Director Vendredi soir (2002)
2004 Grand Prix Ghent International Film Festival L'intrus (2004)
2004 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival L'intrus (2004)
2001 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Foreign Language Film Beau travail (1999)
2001 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Director Beau travail (1999)
2001 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Beau travail (1999) · Jean-Pol Fargeau
2001 Golden Bayard Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film Best Film (Meilleur Film Francophone) Trouble Every Day (2001)
2001 Best Film Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Trouble Every Day (2001)
1998 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Nénette et Boni (1996)
1996 Golden Bayard Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film Best Film (Meilleur Film Francophone) Nénette et Boni (1996)
1990 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival S'en fout la mort (1990)
1989 César César Awards, France Best First Work (Meilleure première oeuvre) Chocolat (1988)
1988 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival Chocolat (1988)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Director Beau travail (1999)


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#Quote
1 I 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.
2 For me, film-making is a journey into the impossible.
3 Life is made of the only thing you can decide, the rest you can not: to commit suicide or to kill someone. The rest, happens.
4 Every image is about subjectivity.
5 I have a dreamy distance with reality, which is not a really good thing.

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

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