Léos Carax

(Updated on 02/12/2013)

Leos Carax's filmography opens with a trilogy that has become legendary. Shot in black and white, Boy Meets Girl (1984), with actors Mireille Perrier and Carax's alter ego Denis Lavant, evokes silent cinema, the world of Jean Cocteau, and the work of Jean-Luc Godard. Regarded by critics as the heir of the New Wave, Leos Carax continued with The Night is Young (1986), featuring a trio of unforgettable actors, Denis Lavant, Michel Piccoli, and Juliette Binoche. Revealed to the public with this fascinating expressionist thriller, the filmmaker then launched an ambitious project, Les Amants du Pont-Neuf. The total reconstitution of a Parisian neighborhood just outside Montpellier and a marathon 3-year shoot ensured him a legendary stature in French cinema. The ecstatic romantic drama was a critical and commercial disaster that put Carax out of action for most of the '90s. But it remains an unsung classic—a paean to pure cinema.  After eight years of silence, Pola X (1999) marked the return of Carax with a dark, violent adaptation of Herman Melville's book Pierre or the Ambiguities. His next film was not until 2008, with the cynical and wonderful Merde in Tokyo!, a collective fantasy in three movements. In 2012 at Cannes, Leos Carax opened his new film Holy Motors : his film is the new marvelous chef d’oeuvre, and the rebel Carax is back !

Biography by www.fiaf.org