My favourite French filmmakers (working today)

by Koyaanisqatsi4 | created - 18 Sep 2013 | updated - 03 Jan 2014 | Public

1. Leos Carax

Director | Holy Motors

Leos Carax made several short films and also wrote film criticism, then at the age of 24 years made a very strong first feature Boy Meets Girl (1984). The film played at the 1984 Cannes film festival and was a critical triumph. It paved the way for Carax's second feature Mauvais Sang (1986) (Bad ...

2. Claire Denis

Director | Beau travail

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for Beau travail (1999), High Life (2018) and 35 Shots of Rum (2008).

3. Céline Sciamma

Writer | Tomboy

Céline Sciamma was born on November 12, 1980 in Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France. She is a writer and director, known for Tomboy (2011), Naissance des pieuvres (2007) and Bande de filles (2014).

4. Mia Hansen-Løve

Director | L'avenir

Cinema came into Mia Hansen-Løve's life when she was eighteen, as Olivier Assayas made her start as an actress in Late August, Early September (1998). Two years later, he gave her the part of "Aline" in his Les destinées (2000). Their artistic collaboration was coupled by a union in real ...

5. Bruno Dumont

Director | La vie de Jésus

Bruno Dumont was born on March 14, 1958 in Bailleul, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. He is a director and writer, known for The Life of Jesus (1997), Camille Claudel 1915 (2013) and Flandres (2006).

6. Jean-Claude Brisseau

Director | Choses secrètes

Jean-Claude Brisseau was born on July 17, 1944 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Choses secrètes (2002), De bruit et de fureur (1988) and Céline (1992).

7. Olivier Assayas

Writer | Personal Shopper

Olivier Assayas is a French film director, screenwriter and film critic. He is best know for his films Demonlover (2002), Something in the Air (2012), Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) and Personal Shopper (2016).

Assayas is the son of French director/screenwriter Raymond Assayas, alias Jacques Rémy.

His ...

8. François Ozon

Director | Dans la maison

François Ozon was born on November 15, 1967 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Dans la maison (2012), 8 femmes (2002) and Young & Beautiful (2013).

9. Sophie Letourneur

Director | La vie au ranch

Sophie Letourneur is a director and writer, known for La vie au ranch (2009), La tête dans le vide (2004) and Les coquillettes (2012).

10. Bertrand Bonello

Director | Nocturama

Bertrand Bonello was born on September 11, 1968 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France. He is a director and writer, known for Nocturama (2016), Saint Laurent (2014) and De la guerre (2008).

11. Catherine Breillat

Writer | À ma soeur!

Catherine Breillat is a Paris based filmmaker and writer who became famous for her distinctively personal films on sexuality, gender trouble and sibling rivalry. Accused of being a "porno auteuriste", Breillat allowed for an unbiased view of sexuality and extended the language of mainstream movies....

12. Philippe Garrel

Writer | Les amants réguliers

Philippe Garrel was born on April 6, 1948 in Paris, France. He is a writer and director, known for Les amants réguliers (2005), L'amant d'un jour (2017) and Liberté, la nuit (1984).

13. Gaspar Noé

Director | Irréversible

Gaspar Noé was born on December 27, 1963 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a director and producer, known for Irreversible (2002), Enter the Void (2009) and I Stand Alone (1998).

14. Michel Gondry

Director | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band ...

15. Valérie Donzelli

Actress | La guerre est déclarée

Valérie Donzelli was born on March 2, 1973 in Épinal, Vosges, France. She is an actress and writer, known for La guerre est déclarée (2011), La reine des pommes (2009) and Main dans la main (2012).

16. Rebecca Zlotowski

Writer | Grand Central

Rebecca Zlotowski was born on April 21, 1980 in Paris, France as Rebecca Myriam Clara Zlotowski. She is a writer and director, known for Grand Central (2013), Planetarium (2016) and Dear Prudence (2010).

18. Léa Fehner

Writer | Les ogres

Graduated from La Fémis (17th promotion, scriptwriting department) and Ciné Sup (Nantes).

19. Jacques Doillon

Director | Ponette

Jacques Doillon was born on March 15, 1944 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Ponette (1996), Le petit criminel (1990) and Le jeune Werther (1993).

20. Jean-François Richet

Director | L'instinct de mort

Jean-François Richet was born on July 2, 1966 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008), Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008) and État des lieux (1995).

21. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/...

22. Pascale Ferran

Writer | Lady Chatterley

Pascale Ferran was born on April 17, 1960 in Paris, France. She is a writer and director, known for Lady Chatterley (2006), L'âge des possibles (1995) and Coming to Terms with the Dead (1994).

23. Patrice Chéreau

Director | Intimacy

Patrice Chéreau was born on November 2, 1944 in Lézigné, Maine-et-Loire, France. He is known for his work on Intimacy (2001), Queen Margot (1994) and Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998). He died on October 7, 2013 in Paris, Île-de-France, France.

24. Jacques Audiard

Writer | De rouille et d'os

Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard's family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the ...

25. Laurent Cantet

Director | Entre les murs

Laurent Cantet was born on June 15, 1961 in Melle, Deux-Sevres, France. He is a director and writer, known for The Class (2008), Human Resources (1999) and Retour à Ithaque (2014).

26. Philippe Claudel

Writer | Il y a longtemps que je t'aime

Philippe Claudel was born on February 2, 1962 in Dombasle-sur-Meurthe, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. He is a writer and director, known for Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (2008), Une enfance (2015) and Tous les soleils (2011).

27. Radu Mihaileanu

Writer | Va, vis et deviens

Radu Mihaileanu was born on April 23, 1958 in Bucharest, Romania. He is a writer and director, known for Live and Become (2005), Train of Life (1998) and Le concert (2009).

28. Denis Villeneuve

Director | Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), ...

29. Philippe Grandrieux

Director | Un lac

Philippe Grandrieux born 1954 is a French film director and screenwriter. Grandrieux was born in Saint-Étienne. He studied film at the Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle in Belgium. He exhibited his first video work at Galerie Albert Baronian, Bruxelles. In the 1980s, he worked in ...

30. Xavier Beauvois

Writer | Des hommes et des dieux

Xavier Beauvois was born on March 20, 1967 in Auchel, Pas-de-Calais, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Des hommes et des dieux (2010), Nord (1991) and N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir (1995).

31. Emmanuel Mouret

Director | L'art d'aimer

Emmanuel Mouret was born on June 30, 1970 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France. He is a director and writer, known for L'art d'aimer (2011), Une autre vie (2013) and Mademoiselle de Joncquières (2018).

32. Marina de Van

Writer | Dans ma peau

Marina de Van was born in France in 1971, her father being a musicologist. She studied at the Lycée Henri IV and at the Sorbonne University where she earned a degree in philosophy. Then, in 1993 she became a student at the FEMIS, the French school for cinematic studies, where she graduated in 1996....

33. Alain Guiraudie

Director | L'inconnu du lac

Alain Guiraudie was born on July 15, 1964 in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, France. He is a director and writer, known for L'inconnu du lac (2013), Rester vertical (2016) and Ce vieux rêve qui bouge (2001).

34. Christophe Honoré

Writer | Les chansons d'amour

Christophe Honoré was born on April 10, 1970 in Carhaix-Plouguer, Finistère, France. He is a writer and director, known for Love Songs (2007), Plaire, aimer et courir vite (2018) and The Beautiful Person (2008).

35. Arnaud Desplechin

Director | Rois et reine

Arnaud Desplechin was born on October 31, 1960 in Roubaix, Nord, France. He is a director and writer, known for Kings & Queen (2004), La vie des morts (1991) and La sentinelle (1992).

36. Alexandre Bustillo

Writer | À l'intérieur

Alexandre Bustillo is a writer and director, known for Inside (2007), ABCs of Death 2 (2014) and Aux yeux des vivants (2014).

37. Julien Maury

Writer | À l'intérieur

Julien Maury is a writer and director, known for Inside (2007), ABCs of Death 2 (2014) and Aux yeux des vivants (2014).

38. Arnaud des Pallières

Writer | Orpheline

Arnaud des Pallières was born on December 1, 1961 in Paris, France. He is a writer and director, known for Orpheline (2016), Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013) and Diane Wellington (2010).

39. Robert Guédiguian

Producer | Marius et Jeannette

Robert Guédiguian was born on December 3, 1953 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. He is a producer and writer, known for Marius and Jeannette (1997), Les neiges du Kilimandjaro (2011) and La ville est tranquille (2000).

40. Benoît Jacquot

Director | Les adieux à la reine

Benoît Jacquot was born on February 5, 1947 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Farewell, My Queen (2012), À Tout de Suite (2004) and 3 coeurs (2014).

41. Abdellatif Kechiche

Writer | La vie d'Adèle

Abdellatif Kechiche was born on December 7, 1960 in Tunis, Tunisia. He is a writer and director, known for Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013), L'esquive (2003) and The Secret of the Grain (2007).

42. Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche

Director | Histoire de Judas

Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche was born in 1966 in Beni Zid, Algeria. He is a director and actor, known for Histoire de Judas (2015), Bled Number One (2006) and Wesh wesh, qu'est-ce qui se passe? (2001).

43. Patrice Leconte

Director | Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte was born on November 12, 1947 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Monsieur Hire (1989), La fille sur le pont (1999) and La veuve de Saint-Pierre (2000).

44. Cédric Klapisch

Director | L'auberge espagnole

Cédric Klapisch was born on September 4, 1961 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is a director and writer, known for L'auberge espagnole (2002), Family Resemblances (1996) and When the Cat's Away (1996). He has been married to Lola Doillon since 2002. They have one child.

45. Philippe Lioret

Director | Welcome

Philippe Lioret was born on October 10, 1955 in Paris, France. He is known for his work on Welcome (2009), Tombés du ciel (1993) and Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas (2006).

46. Mathieu Kassovitz

Actor | Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

Mathieu Kassovitz was born on August 3, 1967 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for Amélie (2001), La Haine (1995) and The Crimson Rivers (2000). He is married to Julie Mauduech. They have one child.

47. François Dupeyron

Writer | C'est quoi la vie?

François Dupeyron was born on August 14, 1950 in Tartas, Landes, France. He was a writer and director, known for C'est quoi la vie? (1999), Aide-toi, le ciel t'aidera (2008) and Lamento (1988). He died on February 25, 2016 in Paris, France.

48. Guillaume Canet

Actor | Jeux d'enfants

Son of horse breeders, the young man spent his childhood in the countryside near Paris. In his youth, Guillaume wanted to be a horse-rider, and briefly followed a professional career in the sport. A bad fall broke his dreams, but is at the origin of his acting career, and success. After briefly ...

49. Sylvain Chomet

Director | Les triplettes de Belleville

Sylvain Chomet was born on November 10, 1963 in Maisons-Laffitte, Seine-et-Oise [now Yvelines, Île-de-France], France. He is a director and writer, known for The Triplets of Belleville (2003), L'illusionniste (2010) and The Old Lady and the Pigeons (1997).

50. André Téchiné

Writer | Les roseaux sauvages

André Téchiné was born on March 13, 1943 in Valence, Tarn-et-Garonne, France. He is a writer and director, known for Wild Reeds (1994), Rendez-vous (1985) and Quand on a 17 ans (2016).

51. Bertrand Tavernier

Director | Un dimanche à la campagne

Bertrand Tavernier was a law student that preferred write film criticisms. He also wrote a few books about American movies. Then his first film won a few awards in France and abroad and established his reputation.

52. Agnès Jaoui

Actress | Comme une image

Agnès Jaoui was born on October 19, 1964 in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France. She is an actress and writer, known for Look at Me (2004), The Taste of Others (2000) and Family Resemblances (1996). She was previously married to Jean-Pierre Bacri.

53. Alain Corneau

Writer | Tous les matins du monde

Alain Corneau was a Cesar Award-winning French writer-director best known for his multiple collaborations with French cinema superstars Yves Montand, Simone Signoret and Gérard Depardieu. Born on August 7, 1943 in Meung-sur-Loire, Loiret, Corneay trained as a musician but switched his interest to ...

54. Michel Hazanavicius

Director | The Artist

Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France. His grandparents were originally from Lithuania, but relocated to France in the 1920s. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first ...

55. Ursula Meier

Director | L'enfant d'en haut

Ursula Meier was born on June 24, 1971 in Besançon, Doubs, France. She is a director and writer, known for L'enfant d'en haut (2012), Home (2008) and Tous à table (2001).

56. Gaël Morel

Actor | Les roseaux sauvages

Gaël Morel was born on September 25, 1972 in Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, France. He is a writer and director, known for Wild Reeds (1994), Three Dancing Slaves (2004) and Les chemins de l'oued (2002).



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