Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director, Screenwriter
A self-taught filmmaker with a remarkable visual sense, Jean-Pierre Jeunet started in animation, and along with partner Marc Caro, crafted fantasy-oriented short films that displayed wonderful ingenuity and an ... Read more »
Born: 09/02/1953 in France

Filmography

Director (8)

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Micmacs 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

A Very Long Engagement 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Amélie 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Alien Resurrection 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The City of Lost Children 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Delicatessen 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Bunker de la derniere rafale 1980 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet 2013 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Micmacs 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Very Long Engagement 2004 (Movie)

(Story By)

A Very Long Engagement 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Amélie 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The City of Lost Children 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Micmacs 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A self-taught filmmaker with a remarkable visual sense, Jean-Pierre Jeunet started in animation, and along with partner Marc Caro, crafted fantasy-oriented short films that displayed wonderful ingenuity and an impeccable sense of design and atmosphere. These qualities carried over into the pair's first two feature films, "Delicatessen" (1991) and "The City of Lost Children" (1995), which unfolded in fascinating and surreal worlds that were both retrograde and of a future time, peopled by loveable misfits and villainous grotesques. The pair went their separate ways after Jeunet had an unsuccessful experimentation with Hollywood filmmaking via "Alien: Resurrection" (1997), but upon returning to his home country and the degree of creative autonomy to which he was accustomed, Jeunet crafted his most popular effort, the award-winning international favourite, "Amélie" (2001). Subsequent productions displayed Jeunet's now customary visual strengths, supplemented by dark and often unusual humor, with tones alternating between playful, sweet, dangerous and even nightmarish. Sometimes drawing comparisons to Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam, but retaining a truly distinctive aesthetic sense and vision, Jeunet emerged as an important artist whose approach and imagination were best served by projects that allowed him to indulge his creative potential with a minimum of front office interference.

Relationships

Liza Sullivan

Companion
became engaged in 2001

Milestones

2004

Directed Audrey Tautou in "A Very Long Engagement" based on the acclaimed novel by Sebastien Japrisot; also scripted the screenplay

2001

Co-wrote and directed the whimsical French-language feature "Le Fableux destin d'Amelie Poulain"; released internationally as "Amelie"

1997

First US feature and first solo directorial effort, "Alien Resurrection"

1995

Garnered international acclaim with "The City of Lost Children"

1991

Feature directorial debut, "Delicatessen", co-directed with Caro; billed as Jeunet & Caro

1980

Teamed with Caro to make short films, music videos and TV commercials

1980

With Marc Caro made first short film, "Le Bunker de la derniere rafale/The Last Blast Bunker"

First met Marc Caro at an animation film festival

Bonus Trivia

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"The idea of having a style is very important to me," he says. "In literature, it's obvious; less so in moviemaking. It can even be suspect in France. For me, all the great directors — and I'm not pretentious enough to call myself one — like Fellini, Scorsese, Orson Welles, Kurosawa, etc. — have a style. It's not an obligation, but I have a preference for directors whose style is recognizable."---Jeunet says he doesn't impose his style on his subjects — he simply knows what kinds of movies he knows how to make. In Los Angeles Times, Calender, November 28, 2004.

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"They truly know where they want to go. They have their film entirely in their heads."---Jean-Claude Dreyfus, one of the stars of "The City of Lost Children"

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"You step back a little and accept that your film will be full of flaws, and that these flaws become part of the film. There is no perfect movie, ever, it doesn't exist."---Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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