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- CLAIRE DENIS
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Biography
Born in Paris in 1946, she spent her youth in Djibouti, in Cameroon and in Burkina Faso. A graduate of the IDHEC (La Fémis), she worked with various filmmakers including Jacques Rivette, Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders. As a director, she immediately took on intercultural themes: her first feature-length film Chocolat (1988), a reflection on colonialism, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Since 1990, she has been a recurring presence at the Venice Film Festival: that year she was in Competition with her film S’en fout la mort (No Fear, No Die), in 1999 she was a member of the jury for debut films and participated in the ‘Cinema del presente’ section with Beau travail, to story of the adventure of a Foreign Legion platoon abandoned in the Gulf of Djibouti. She returned in 2002 with a short that was part of the anthology film Ten Minutes Older: The Cello and in the Controcorrente section with Vendredi soir (Friday Night). In 2004 she was back in Competition with the delicate L’intrus (The Intruder), the story of a man who, before undergoing a critical surgical operation, decides to leave home on a journey in search of a new life, and travels all the way to South Korea. In 2005 she was a member of the jury for the official Competition, in 2008 she presented her film 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) Out of Competition. In 2009 she was back in the running for a Golden Lion with White Material, starring Isabelle Huppert in the role of the owner of a coffee plantation in an African country, determined not to abandon her land despite the outbreak of a civil war. Her last film, Bastards (2013), was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival.
FILMS PRESENTED IN VENICE:
1990 – S’en fout la mort (No Fear, No Die) – In Competition (screenplay, director)
1995 – En avoir (ou pas) (To Have, or Not) – Finestra sulle immagini (actress)
1997 – Amours (episodio) – Officine veneziane (director)
1999 – Beau travail – Cinema del presente (screenplay, director)
2002 - Vers Nancy (in Ten Minutes Older: The Cello) – Out of Competition (screenplay, director)
2002 – Vendredi soir (Friday Night) – Controcorrente (screenplay, director)
2004 – L’intrus (The Intruder) – In Competition (screenplay, director)
2008 – 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) – Out of Competition (screenplay, director)
2009 – White Material – In Competition (screenplay, director)

JURIES:
1999 – Jury “Luigi De Laurentiis” Prize for a Debut Film
2005 – Competition jury

 



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