Jaco Van Dormael

Director, Screenwriter, Clown
A former circus clown and children's theater producer, Jaco Van Dormael turned to filmmaking in the early 1980s, writing and directing a series of internationally award-winning shorts, documentaries and promotional ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1957 in Belgium

Filmography

Director (12)

Mr. Nobody 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Eighth Day 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

Toto the Hero 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

De Boot 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

E Pericoloso Sporgersi 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Sortie de Secours 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Imitateur 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Stade 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Voisins 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Maedli-la-Breche 1979 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

Mr. Nobody 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Eighth Day 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Toto the Hero 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Mr. Nobody 2009 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

La Fache cachée 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A former circus clown and children's theater producer, Jaco Van Dormael turned to filmmaking in the early 1980s, writing and directing a series of internationally award-winning shorts, documentaries and promotional films. In 1991, he made his feature film debut with the highly original "Toto le Heroes/Toto the Hero" (1991), a poignant, impressionistic chronicle that used a child's sensibilities and feelings to trace the life of an angry, disappointed man from birth to death and beyond. The film won the Camera d'Or prize for best first film at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. He then solidified his position as an important director with "Le Huitieme jour/The Eighth Day" (1996), starring Daniel Auteuil as a harried executive whose life is changed through his encounter with a man with Downs Syndrome.

Relationships

Pierre Dormael

Brother
wrote the score for "Toto le Heros" (1991)

EDUCATION

Ecole de Vaugirard

Paris

INSAS Institute

Brussels

Milestones

1996

Directed "Le Huitieme Jour/The Eighth Day"

1992

Wrote screenplay for "Heaven and Earth"

1991

First feature film, "Toto the Hero"

1980

Began directing and writing fictional shorts, documentaries and promotional films

1980

Directed first fiction short, "Maedli la Breche", an 18-minute film for children

1975

Worked as circus clown with the Big Flying Circus in Belgium

Became a producer of children's entertainment with the Theatre de Galafronie, Theatre Isocele and Theatre de la Guimbarde

Bonus Trivia

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"I myself constantly have the feeling that nothing is happening, that life has no meaning and is going nowhere. This is precisely why I chose to become a filmmaker--so I could tell myself stories and make them exist, and be successful in organising reality." --Jaco Van Dormael quoted in press material for "Toto les Heroes"

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"I'd be happy if, on leaving the film ['Le Huitieme jour'], the audience were to board a bus, see a person with Down's syndrome there and say, 'Great, a person with Down's syndrome'. On the set, their presence was a joy." --Jaco Van Dormael

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