Patrice Leconte

Director, Screenwriter
A much-heralded French director, Patrice Leconte has been making feature films since 1975, although it was not until the late 80s and 90s that his work received international attention. His star rose considerably with ... Read more »
Born: 11/12/1947 in France

Filmography

Director (30)

A Promise 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Do Not Disturb 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Magasin des Suicides 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Guerre Des Miss 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

My Best Friend 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Bronzes 3: Friends Forever 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Dogora 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Intimate Strangers 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Man on the Train 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Felix and Lola 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Rue des Plaisirs 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Widow of Saint Pierre 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Girl on the Bridge 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Une Chance sur Deux 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Grands Ducs 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Ridicule 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

Yvonne's Perfume 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Tango 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Batteur du Bolero 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hairdresser's Husband 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Contre l'oubli 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Monsieur Hire 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Tandem 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Specialistes 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Circulez y'a rien a voir 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Ma femme s'appelle reviens 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Viens chez moi j'habite chez une copine 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Bronzes font du ski 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Sun Tan 1977 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (25)

A Promise 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man on the Train 2014 (Movie)

(from original screenplay: "L'homme du train") (Source Material)

Le Magasin des Suicides 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Best Friend 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Intimate Strangers 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Felix and Lola 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rue des Plaisirs 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Widow of Saint Pierre 2001 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Girl on the Bridge 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Une Chance sur Deux 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Grands Ducs 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Yvonne's Perfume 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tango 1993 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Tango 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hairdresser's Husband 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Hairdresser's Husband 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Monsieur Hire 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tandem 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Moi Vouloir Toi 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Specialistes 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Circulez y'a rien a voir 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ma femme s'appelle reviens 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Viens chez moi j'habite chez une copine 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Bronzes font du ski 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sun Tan 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

Mes Stars et moi 2008 (Movie)

Patrice Leduc (Actor)

The Son of Gascogne 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

A much-heralded French director, Patrice Leconte has been making feature films since 1975, although it was not until the late 80s and 90s that his work received international attention. His star rose considerably with the release of "Ridicule" (1996), the Oscar-nominated story of a small-time civil engineer who must learn the ins and outs of the court of Louis XVI in order to secure royal financing to drain a swamp. Ironically perhaps, it was one of the few of his 20-plus films that Leconte had not also written, but its cinematically style was all his: brisk and satiric, a soupcon of sentiment with a depth of subject matter that creeps up on the viewer.

Relationships

Agnès Béraud

Wife

Alice Leconte

Daughter
born c. 1984

Marie Leconte

Daughter
born c. 1974

EDUCATION

Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques

Paris 1968 - 1970

Milestones

2007

Co-wrote and directed "My Best Friend"

2005

Helmed "Les Bronzes 3: Friends Forever," the sequel to the classic box-office hits Les Bronzes and Les Bronzes Font du Ski

2004

Directed the documentary "Dogora: Ouvrons les yeux"

2002

Directed the romance "Rue des Plaisirs"

2001

Helmed "Felix et Lola"

2000

Directed Juliette Binoche and Auteuil in "La Veuve de Saint Pierre/The Widow of St Pierre"

1999

Helmed "The Girl on the Bridge", teaming Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis

1996

Won international acclaim with "Ridicule"; nominated for a 1997 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

1989

Had first US release with "Monsieur Hier", starring Blanc

1982

Collborated with Blanc on "Ma femme s'appelle reviens/Singles"

1979

Had second hit film with sequel "Les Bronzes font du ski"

1978

Scored first hit with "Les Bronzes/Sun Tan"; also marked first collaboration with actor Michel Blanc

1975

Directed and wrote first feature, "Les veces etaient fermes de l'interieurs"

1969

Worked for magazine Pilote as writer and draftsman

Raised in Provence

Bonus Trivia

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"There is nothing I like better than to make certain films in order to surprise myself, or undertake things that I am not sure will succeed." --Patrice Leconte in Presence du Cinema Francais, January-February 1993.

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"[Cinema] is my only passion. I see films all the time just for pleasure. If you make them, you should see them. When they're good to see films made by others is an inspiration." --Leconte in Time Out New York, November 28, 1996.

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"I personally love actors . . . if you love people they give you the best of themselves." --Leconte in the Los Angeles Times, December 1, 1996.

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"All films are love stories." --Patrice Leconte in The New York Times, July 23, 2000.

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"I want to astonish myself. I want to do things that I don't know how to do. If you make the same film all your life, if you take the same route movie after movie, you're more likely to go around in circles. Me, when I go in one direction, then in another, then in another, I tell myself, well, I have less risk of repeating myself. The only cure for facileness is to be completely new each time. It works for me. "

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"There's something in France that has done a lot of harm to the cinema, the notion of the 'cinema d'auteur.' You in the U.S. have a great advantage over us, because there the notion of auteur cinema doesn't really exist. There are writers and there are directors, and they aren't necessarily the same person. In France, if you make a film you haven't written, you don't get much respect. But I've always thought there aren't just directors who can write great stories -- there are screenwriters for that." --Patrice Leconte quoted in "An Adventurer Who Operates Outside the Boundaries" by Dave Kehr, The New York Times, July 23, 2000.

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