Jacques Audiard

(Updated on 10/28/2012)

Director Jacques Audiard, born April 30, 1952, is the son of the screenwriter and director Michel Audiard. He began his career in film not as a director or screenwriter, but as an editor. It wasn’t until 1980 that he began collaborating on scripts for directors like Georges Lautner (The Professional), Denys Granier-Deferre (Reveillon With Bobsled), Claude Miller (Mortal Hike), Jérôme Boivin (Baxter), Elisabeth Rappeneau (Frequency Murder) or Ariel Zeitoun (Saxo). As eclectic as these films may seem, they all have a commonality: a black atmosphere, a caustic and shifted humor, and a somewhat hopeless vision of the human condition. Audiard maintained this sort of dark vein when directing his first film in 1994, See How They Fall, starring Mathieu Kassovitz and Jean-Louis Trintignant. His third film, Read My Lips, received 10 nominations and won 8 Cesar Awards in 2001. He followed that up with The Beat That My Heart Skipped, in 2005. Next was A Prophet (Un Prophète), which debuted at Cannes in 2009. Rust and Bone was in official competition at Cannes in 2012.

Source: Press Kit / Rust and Bone (Sony Pictures Classics)

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