Jean-Jacques Annaud

Active - 1977 - 2015  |   Born - Oct 1, 1943 in Juvisy sur Orge, France  |   Genres - Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Children's/Family, War

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French director Jean-Jacques Annaud received his training in the nuts-and-bolts aspects of filmmaking through his many army training films and TV commercials. Annaud's feature film debut, Black and White in Color (1976), an amusing but affectionate look at French national chauvinism which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Picture. Annaud's tastes have run to "long ago and far away" story material, though unlike his Hollywood contemporaries, he refuses to "pretty up" historical films with modern facial makeup and attractive clothing. We fully believe that his Quest for Fire (1981) took place 80,000 years ago amongst hirsute human beings just one step above primates; and we accept such big-name stars as Sean Connery and F. Murray Abraham as pasty-faced, gargoylish 14th century monks in Annaud's The Name of the Rose (1986). The director was honored with the French Cesar award for both of these productions, and would win a third Cesar for his outdoors adventure The Bear (1989). Annaud later stylishly explored sexual matters with The Lover, an adaptation of Marguerite Duras' bestselling novel. More recently, he turned to the Canadian-invented technology IMAX for his 40-minute 3-D feature Wings of Courage.

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  • Il découvre sa vocation à l'âge de 6 ans, en regardant fasciné un catalogue Odéon-photo.
  • Dans les années 1960, il réalise plus de 500 spots publicitaires.
  • Tombé amoureux de l'Afrique lors de son service militaire au Cameroun, il lui rend hommage en 1976 avec son premier long métrage, La victoire en chantant. Le film remporte l'Oscar du meilleur film étranger, mais c'est un échec commercial.
  • C'est avec La Guerre du Feu, film ambitieux et sans dialogues, qu'il obtient la renommée internationale. Dès lors, il enchaîne les succès.
  • Son film Sept ans au Tibet lui vaut d'être interdit de séjour en Chine.
  • En 2007, il est élu à l'Académie des Beaux-Arts.
  • Il préside le 16ème Festival International du Film de Shanghai en 2012, puis celui de Moscou en 2015.
  • Perfectionniste, il supervise lui-même chaque étape de la fabrication de ses films, jusqu'à leur sortie en DVD.
  • Il collectionne les appareils de cinéma anciens.