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Overview (1)

Born in Awirs, Wallonia, Belgium

Mini Bio (1)

Luc Dardenne was born on March 10, 1954 in Awirs, Wallonia, Belgium. He is a producer and director, known for Two Days, One Night (2014), Le silence de Lorna (2008) and La Promesse (1996).

Trade Mark (10)

Hand-held camera.
Characters often use bikes or bicycles.
Stories revolving around poor characters who are struggling to make money.
Father/son relationships.
Doesn't use score.
Strong sense of morality; focuses on themes such as consciousness raising, forgiveness and redemption
Movies often end with a character lending a hand to another
Leading characters are in basically every frame of the movie
Films are set in Seraing, Liege, the town where he was born and raised.

Trivia (9)

Interviewed in "World Directors in Dialogue" by Bert Cardullo (Scarecrow Press, 2011).
Along with his brother Jean Pierre, he is one of a select band of directors to have won the Palme d'Or twice at the Cannes Film Festival. The others are Francis Ford Coppola, Alf Sjöberg, Bille August, Emir Kusturica, Shôhei Imamura, Michael Haneke and Ken Loach.
Arta Dobroshi, Marion Cotillard and Adèle Haenel are the only non-Belgian actors that he and his brother cast to lead one of their films since Je pense à vous (1992). Cotillard was cast in Two Days, One Night (2014) after meeting the brothers on the set of Rust and Bone (2012), which was co-produced by them. The original plan was to work together in La fille inconnue (2016), which was eventually made years later with Haenel in the lead. Cotillard is the most famous actor that they ever worked with.
Seven of his films have been nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival: Rosetta (1999), Le fils (2002), L'enfant (2005), Le silence de Lorna (2008), The Kid with a Bike (2011), Two Days, One Night (2014) and La fille inconnue (2016). "Two Days, One Night" was his first film that left the festival empty-handed, despite receiving unanimous acclaim and a 15-minute standing ovation. The following film, "The Unknown Girl", also didn't win any award at the festival.
All of his films are set in Seraing, Liege, the Belgian town where him and his brother Jean-Pierre Dardenne were born and raised.
Four of his films have been chosen to represent Belgium for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: Rosetta (1999), Le fils (2002), L'enfant (2005) and Two Days, One Night (2014), but none of them have ever been nominated, the only one that got an Oscar nomination is Two Days, One Night (2014), which was nominated for Best Actress.
Has directed one Oscar-nominated performance: Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night (2014).
Darren Aronofsky is a fan of the Dardenne brothers and referred to them as "my heroes" in a post in his official Twitter account in 2014, after he attended the premiere of their film Two Days, One Night (2014) at the New York Film Festival and posed for a photo next to them. And while promoting Black Swan (2010) in 2010, Aronofsky told Alistair Harkness from The Scotsman that he changed his entire directing style for The Wrestler (2008) after seeing their work for the first time.

Personal Quotes (2)

That happens a lot with experienced actors. They close down and protect themselves, and then all you get are the same mannerisms, the same tricks, the same character.
Film-makers in Belgium are seen as arts and crafts makers. It is a small country. There is not really a film industry there at all.

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