Thomas Gilou

Active - 1986 - 2011  |   Born - Feb 1, 1955   |   Genres - Drama, Comedy

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French director Thomas Gilou specializes in films dealing with the daily realities of working-class life and frequently sets his stories within the immigrant-filled suburbs of Paris. Though he most often makes short films, like the César-nominated La Combine de la Girafe (1983), Gilou also occasionally writes and directs feature films, the first of which, Black Mic-Mac (1986), the tale of a suburb largely comprised of North African émigrés, earned him a César for best first film and won a César for most promising male newcomer for leading man Isaac de Bankole. Gilou's third film, Je Vérité Si Je Mens (Would I Lie to You?) (1997), the story of a homeless opportunist who is mistaken for a Jewish person by a wealthy benefactor, was also well-received.

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