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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 10 March 1954Awirs, 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 The Kid with a Bike (2011), L'enfant (2005) and Two Days, One Night (2014).

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 (6)

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 and Michael Haneke.
Marion Cotillard was the first non-Belgian actor that him and his brother cast to lead one of their films. Cotillard is also the most famous actor to ever work with them. She was cast for Two Days, One Night (2014) after meeting the brothers on the set of Rust and Bone (2012), which was co-produced by them.
Six of his films were nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival: Rosetta (1999), The Son (2002), L'enfant (2005), The Silence of Lorna (2008), The Kid with a Bike (2011) and Two Days, One Night (2014). The latter was the only film that left the festival empty-handed, despite receiving unanimous acclaim and a 15-minute standing ovation.
All of his films are set in Seraing, Liege, the Belgian town where him and his brother were born and raised.

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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