Michel Gondry

Director, Writer
After reaching the top of his profession as an experimental music video and commercial director, Michel Gondry made the natural transition to feature films, only to suffer a critical and financial failure with his first ... Read more »
Born: 05/07/1963 in Versailles, , FR

Filmography

Director (13)

Mood Indigo 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The We and the I 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Green Hornet 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

The Thorn in the Heart 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Flight of the Conchords 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Tokyo! 2009 (Movie)

("Interior Design") (Director)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Science of Sleep 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Human Nature 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Sonic Cinema 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Segment Director
Writer (8)

Mood Indigo 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? 2013 (Movie)

(Writer)

The We and the I 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Thorn in the Heart 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tokyo! 2009 (Movie)

("Interior Design") (Screenplay)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Science of Sleep 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 (Movie)

(Story By)
Music (3)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

"I Ain't Got Nobody" (Song Performer)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

"Mr. Fletcher's Song" (Song)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

Drums (Music)
Producer (3)

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The We and the I 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Dreamers 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

After reaching the top of his profession as an experimental music video and commercial director, Michel Gondry made the natural transition to feature films, only to suffer a critical and financial failure with his first crack, "Human Nature" (2001). Prior to making his feature debut, Gondry turned his unique visual perspective to good use with the music video for Björk's popular and award-winning single, "Human Behavior" (1993), which helped catapult the Icelander to stardom while breaking new ground in the medium. He also became an innovator in the commercial world, especially with a Levi's ad called "Drugstore" (1994), which, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, became the most award-winning ad of all time. Following a highly successful decade of making videos and shooting commercials, Gondry was introduced to screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and helmed the interesting, but ultimately disconnected "Human Nature." But the pair had much greater success with their next collaboration, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004), which won them the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Following a surprise turn to documentaries with "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" (2006) and the winsome fantasy "The Science of Sleep" (2006), the director was hired to make his first blockbuster movie, "The Green Hornet" (2011), proving that even creatively risk-taking directors like Gondry had their place in the Hollywood factory.

Relationships

Olivier Gondry

Brother
Created videos for bands such as The Stills, Hot Hot Heat, Daft Punk and The Vines

Constant Martin

Grandfather
Perfected and successfully commercialised radio sets and most famously the Clavioline, a precursor to the synthesizer

Milestones

2011

Directed the feature adaptation of "The Green Hornet," starring Seth Rogen

2009

Directed the French documentary film, "The Thorn in the Heart," about Michel's aunt Suzette and her son Jean-Yves

2009

Directed "Unnatural Love," the fifth episode in season two of HBO's "Flight of the Conchords"

2006

Directed "Dave Chappelle's Block Party," a mix of Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax

2006

Directed third feature "Science of Sleep," starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a man trying to take control of his dreams

2004

Once again teamed with Charlie Kaufman to direct "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet

2002

Charlie Kaufman's "Human Nature" marked his feature directing debut

1994

Directed the Levi's ad "Drugstore"; garnered the Lion D'Or at Cannes; listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most award-winning commercial of all time

1993

Developed a long collaboration with pop singer Björk, by first directing her video "Human Behavior"; won all major music video awards

Collaborated with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, and Sheryl Crow

Began directing videos for the puck rock band Oui Oui, for which he played drums

Made a minute-long cartoon at the age of 12, with the help of a toy Meccano machine

Directed a series of spots for Gap's lyrical "That's Holiday" campaign

Bonus Trivia

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Gondry was an Artist in Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005 and 2006.

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