Claire Denis

Screenwriter, Director, Assistant director
A key member of the new wave of female French directors, Claire Denis toiled for more than 10 years as an assistant director before winning international acclaim with her first feature film, "Chocolat" (1988), a ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1948 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Director (18)

Bastards 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Voila L'Enchainement 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

White Material 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

35 Shots of Rum 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Intruder 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Friday Night 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Vers Mathilde 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Ten Minutes Older: The Cello 2002 (Movie)

("Towards Nancy") (Director)

Trouble Every Day 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Beau Travail 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Nenette et Boni 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

A Propos de Nice, La Suite 1995 (Movie)

("Nice, Very Nice") (Director)

I Can't Sleep 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

U.S. Go Home 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Contre l'oubli 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

No Fear, No Die 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Chocolat 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Man No Run 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (14)

Bastards 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

White Material 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

35 Shots of Rum 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Intruder 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Trouble Every Day 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beau Travail 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

El Medina 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nenette et Boni 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Can't Sleep 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

U.S. Go Home 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

No Fear, No Die 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chocolat 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chocolat 1989 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Man No Run 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Production Management (9)

Wings of Desire 1988 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Down By Law 1986 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Paris, Texas 1984 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Hannah K 1982 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Mais ou et donc ornicar 1978 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Retour a la Bien-Aimee 1978 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Zoo-Zero 1977 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Serail 1975 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

To Catch a King (TV Show)

Assistant Director
Actor (5)

The Story of Film: An Odyssey 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Conversations in World Cinema 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Venus Beauty Institute (French) 2000 (Movie)

Asthmatic Client (Actor)

To Have (Or Not) 1997 (Movie)

Alice's Mother (Actor)

Mais ou et donc ornicar 1978 (Movie)

Jeune Accouchee (Actor)
Casting (1)

The Sacrifice 1986 (Movie)

(Casting)
Producer (1)

The Intruder 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)
Other (1)

Night on Earth 1992 (Movie)

advice and inspiration (Advisor)

Biography

A key member of the new wave of female French directors, Claire Denis toiled for more than 10 years as an assistant director before winning international acclaim with her first feature film, "Chocolat" (1988), a semi-autobiographical tale of a young French girl in Africa. "Chocolat", co-written with Jean-Pol Fargeau, was a meditation on colonialism. The woman returning to Africa is driven by an American black and the intertwining of their stories links the pair to the continent through issues of native identity. It was the official French entry in the Cannes Film Festival.

EDUCATION

Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques

Paris 1971

Milestones

2000

Helmed the thriller "Trouble Every Day", starring Vincent Gallo; released theatrically in USA in 2002

1999

Received widespread praise for her lyrical "Beau Travail", loosely adapted from "Billy Budd"

1996

Directed and wrote "Nenette et Boni"

1990

Returned to fiction, scripting and directing "No Fear, No Die"

1989

Made "Man No Run", a documentary on the tour of the African band Les Tetes Brulees

1989

Directed first TV project, "Jacques Rivette, le veilleur"

1988

Again worked with Wenders on "Wings of Desire"

1988

Co-wrote and directed first feature film, "Chocolat"

1984

Was first assistant director for Wim Wenders on "Paris, Texas"

1983

Produced short film with the Great Magic Circus

1979

Acting debut in "Mais ou et donc ornicar"

1978

Was first assistant director for Alain Fleischer on "Zoo-Zero"

1974

Worked as production assistant for director Robert Enrico on "Le Vieux fusil/The Hidden Gun"

1962

Sent back to France to live with her grandfather in Paris

1948

Lived with civil servant father and family in Africa

Bonus Trivia

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"For many whites, I think Africa remains the magic continent. But the experience of whites is always the same: we approach, approach, approach, but we never quite reach the heart of Africa. In 'Chocolat', I always tried to maintain only the perspectives of the whites. I just didn't think I should pretend to understand the black point of view." --Claire Denis in THE NEW YORK TIMES, c. 1988

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