Jean-Jacques Annaud

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Pioneering French director Jean-Jacques Annaud has often seemed as much anthropologist as filmmaker, taking great pains to faithfully create the disparate cultures that have driven his films. Time after time he has ... Read more »
Born: 09/30/1943 in France

Filmography

Writer (14)

Wolf Totem 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Day of the Falcon 2013 (Movie)

(Story By)

His Majesty Minor 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Two Brothers 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Two Brothers 2004 (Movie)

(Writer)

Enemy At the Gates 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Running Free 2000 (Movie)

(From Story)

Running Free 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wings of Courage 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lover 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Coup de Tete 1980 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Coup de Tete 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Black and White in Color 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Je suis timide, mais je me soigne 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (14)

Wolf Totem 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Day of the Falcon 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

His Majesty Minor 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Two Brothers 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Enemy At the Gates 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Seven Years in Tibet 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Wings of Courage 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lover 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bear 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Name of the Rose 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Quest for Fire 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Coup de Tete 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Black and White in Color 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Kashmir (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (7)

Wolf Totem 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

His Majesty Minor 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Two Brothers 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Enemy At the Gates 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Running Free 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Seven Years in Tibet 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wings of Courage 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

The Rose of the Names 1986 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

Pioneering French director Jean-Jacques Annaud has often seemed as much anthropologist as filmmaker, taking great pains to faithfully create the disparate cultures that have driven his films. Time after time he has depicted the conflict that occurs when one culture bumps up against another and the resultant emotional transformations that arise from these clashes. His globetrotting has taken him from Vietnam (where he became the first non-Asian in 50 years to shoot anything but live ammunition) to the Andes (substituting for the Himalayas), the Canadian Rockies (standing in for the Andes) to colonial Africa, pursuing a recurrent theme--the quest for humanity in a world that has lost all sense of what being human is.

Relationships

Pierre Annaud

Father

Madeleine Annaud

Mother

Juliette Annaud

Daughter
mother Monique Rossoignol

Louise Annaud

Daughter
born c. 1988 mother Laurence Duval

Mathilde Annaud

Daughter
mother Monique Rossoignol

Laurence Duval

Wife
married in 1982

Monique Rossoignol

Wife
married in 1970 divorced in 1980

EDUCATION

Ecole Nationale de Photo et Cinema

Paris 1964
graduated

Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques

Paris 1966

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris 1967

Ecole de Vaugirard

Paris
valedictorian; school specialized in teaching the technical aspects of cinema

Milestones

2004

Wrote and directed the dramatic adventure "Two Brothers" about two tigers who are separated from their parents and each other

2001

Helmed "Enemy at the Gates"; screened at the Berlin Film Festival

1997

Directed Brad Pitt in the $70 million biopic "Seven Years in Tibet"

1995

Wrote and directed the first IMAX 3-D fiction film, the 40-minute "Wings of Courage"

1993

Signed a three-year deal with Sony Pictures to direct English-Language movies

1992

First screenplay credit in 13 years, "The Lover", adapted from Marguerite Duras's novel in collaboration with Gerard Brach

1988

Helmed "The Bear", a wildlife coming-of-age movie told from the bear's point of view

1986

First English-language film, "The Name of the Rose"

1981

First collaboration with screenwriter Gerard Brach, "Quest for Fire"

1979

Last screenplay credit for 13 years, "Coup de Tete/Hot Head", which he also directed

1978

Co-wrote (with Alain Godard and director Pierre Richard) the screenplay for a film he did not direct, "Je suis timide, mais je me soigne/I'm Shy But I'm Treating It"

1976

First film as director and screenwriter, "Victoire en chantant/Black and White in Color"; won Oscar as Best Foreign-Language Film

Fulfilled mandatory period of military service in Cameroon, Africa

Founded Paris-based production company, Reparge Productions

Began career as film director making educational films while serving in French Army

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded the Cinema Prize from French Academy in 1989 for career's work and the Grand Prix National du Cinema (1990).

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Named Best Director by the Japanese Critic Association for "The Lover" (1993).

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Made Officier des Arts et Lettres, Merite National

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When asked if he was among the Hollywood Buddhists: "No. No. In a way, I resent those people who are parading in front of His Holiness [the Dalai Lama], bent in obedience. I respect the man immensely, but I'm not a Buddhist, I'm a filmmaker. I don't want to convert people. I want to entertain them and give them a glimpse at another civilization. I have seen a lot of Hollywood Buddhists who produce violent movies and give three percent of the gross to nonviolent organizations. That doesn't work for me. I think, if you want to promote nonviolence, don't make violent movies." --Jean-Jacques Annaud in Movieline, October 1997

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