Bertrand Bonello

Born in the picturesque landscape of Nice, France, Bertrand Bonello began his career not as a filmmaker, but as a musician. Bonello entered the business with a classical background, having begun playing the piano at the ... Read more »
Born: 09/11/1968 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, FR

Filmography

Director (7)

Paris Is Happening 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Saint Laurent 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

House of Pleasures 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

De la guerre 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Tiresia 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Pornographe 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Organic 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (7)

Paris Is Happening 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saint Laurent 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

House of Pleasures 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

De la guerre 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tiresia 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Pornographe 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Organic 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

Portrait of the Artist 2015 (Movie)

Bertrand (Actor)

On ne devrait pas exister 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (1)

House of Pleasures 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

House of Pleasures 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Biography

Born in the picturesque landscape of Nice, France, Bertrand Bonello began his career not as a filmmaker, but as a musician. Bonello entered the business with a classical background, having begun playing the piano at the age of five. By his adult life, he was fronting the underground rock band Coven, and working with major names in the French pop world, including the legendary Françoise Hardy. By the mid-'90s, however, Bonello was ready for a change. He entered the film industry with the short "Qui je suis" (1996). Soon, he was jumping in completely with the full-length feature "Something Organic" (1998). Before long, Bonello's films were competing in the prestigious lineups of the Cannes Film Festival. His controversial drama "The Pornographer" (2001) won Cannes' International Critics Week Prize, and he was at the festival promoting the Palme d'Or nominated "Tiresia" (2003) when his daughter Anna Mouchette was born to his wife, cinematographer Josée Deshaies. Critics associated Bonello's arch themes and jarring filmmaking techniques with the New French Extremity movement, and he would continue pushing the boundaries throughout his increasingly high-profile career. He received greater exposure than ever with his conceptual biopic of French designer Yves Saint Laurent, "Saint Laurent" (2014), a film that found him working with a bigger budget than he ever had before.

Relationships

Josee Deshaies Director of Photography

Wife

Milestones

2014

Was chosen by France to represent his nation for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards for his film "Saint Laurent," though the film was not ultimately nominated.

2011

Released the drama "House of Tolerance," which was nominated for a Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as a César award for Best Original Music.

1998

Wrote and directed his first feature film, "Something Organic."

Bonus Trivia

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Was a musician before becoming a filmmaker, working with artists like Françoise Hardy and leading the indie rock band Coven.

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Daughter Anna Mouchette Bonello was born during the 2003 Cannes Film Festival while he was promoting "Tiresia."

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