Realizateurs français/French directorsby shrilaksman | created - 04 Nov 2018 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
Director | L'auberge espagnole
Cédric Klapisch was born on September 4, 1961 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is a director and writer, known for L'auberge espagnole (2002), Un air de famille (1996) and When the Cat's Away (1996). He has been married to Lola Doillon since 2002. They have one child.
Actor | L'immortel
Richard Berry was born on July 31, 1950 in Paris, France as Richard Élie Benguigui. He is an actor and writer, known for 22 Bullets (2010), Ruby & Quentin (2003) and Our Women (2015). He has been married to Pascale Louange since September 17, 2016. They have one child. He was previously married...
Director | On ne meurt que deux fois
Jacques Deray was born on February 19, 1929 in Lyon, Rhône, France as Jacques Desrayaud. He was a director and writer, known for He Died with His Eyes Open (1985), Borsalino (1970) and The Corrupt (1963). He was married to Agnès Vincent-Deray and Nicole Jones. He died on August 9, 2003 in ...
10. Luis Buñuel
Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the ...
16. Luc Besson
Writer | The Fifth Element
Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in ...
17. Chris Marker
Writer | Twelve Monkeys
Chris Marker was born on July 29, 1921 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve. He was a director and writer, known for 12 Monkeys (1995), Sans Soleil (1983) and Third Side of the Coin (1960). He died on July 29, 2012 in Paris, France.
18. Jean-Luc Godard
Director | Pierrot le fou
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...
19. René Clair
Writer | Le silence est d'or
René Clair was born on November 11, 1898 in Paris, France as René-Lucien Chomette. He was a writer and director, known for Man About Town (1947), The Grand Maneuver (1955) and Beauties of the Night (1952). He was married to Bronia Clair. He died on March 15, 1981 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, ...
Writer | La nuit américaine
French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who became his protector. Bazin helped the ...
21. Éric Rohmer
Director | Le genou de Claire
Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, ...
25. Fanny Ardant
Actress | 8 femmes
Fanny Ardent was the youngest of 5 children born to a cavalry officer and his wife. She was raised in Monte Carlo where she was educated at a convent school. A voracious reader, she discovered Proust at age 15 and felt as though his writings were for her.
When she was 17 her father died and the ...
27. Claude Pinoteau
Writer | La 7ème cible
Claude Pinoteau was born on May 25, 1925 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France. He was an assistant director and writer, known for La 7ème cible (1984), The Slap (1974) and Escape to Nowhere (1973). He was married to Birte Pedersen and Margaret Mordaunt-Léonard. He died...
29. Roman Polanski
Actor | Chinatown
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933.
His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...
Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu
Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (...
33. Josiane Balasko
Actress | Gazon maudit
Josiane Balasko was born on April 15, 1950 in Paris, France as Josiane Balaskovic. She is an actress and writer, known for French Twist (1995), A French Gigolo (2008) and The Hedgehog (2009). She has been married to George Aguilar since June 12, 2003. She was previously married to Philippe Berry.
Director | Un long dimanche de fiançailles
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/...
36. Daniel Auteuil
Actor | Caché
Daniel Auteuil was born on January 24, 1950 in Algiers, Alger, France. He is an actor and director, known for Caché (2005), Jean de Florette (1986) and The Closet (2001). He has been married to Aude Ambroggi since July 22, 2006. They have one child. He was previously married to Emmanuelle ...
37. Claude Berri
Writer | Jean de Florette
Claude Berri was born on July 1, 1934 in Paris, France as Claude Berel Langmann. He was a producer and actor, known for Jean de Florette (1986), The Two of Us (1967) and Hunting and Gathering (2007). He was married to Anne-Marie Rassam and Sylvie Gautrelet. He died on January 12, 2009 in Paris.
38. Francis Veber
Writer | Le dîner de cons
Francis Veber was born on July 28, 1937 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France. He is a writer and director, known for Le Dîner de Cons (1998), The Birdcage (1996) and Ruby & Quentin (2003). He has been married to Françoise Veber since January 11, 1964. They have two ...
43. Christine Pascal
Writer | Le petit prince a dit
Christine Pascal was born on November 29, 1953 in Lyon, Rhône, France. She was an actress and writer, known for And the Little Prince Said (1992), Félicité (1979) and Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975). She was married to Robert Boner. She died on August 30, 1996 in Garches, Hauts-de-Seine,...
47. Zabou Breitman
Actress | Se souvenir des belles choses
Zabou Breitman was born on October 30, 1959 in Paris, France as Isabelle Breitman. She is an actress and director, known for Beautiful Memories (2001), The Swallows of Kabul (2019) and Les duettistes: Une dette mortelle (1999). She was previously married to Fabien Chalon.
48. Olivier Marchal
Actor | 36 Quai des Orfèvres
Olivier Marchal started taking acting lessons when he still was a police officer. He began his career in television, appearing in supporting parts or writing scripts for detective TV series. In 1989 when Yves Rénier resurrected his TV series Commissaire Moulin (1976) he became his partner as ...
Producer | Harsh Times
From 1988 through 1990, Philippe Martinez was President of the famous Odeon Theater in Marseilles, one of the largest playhouses in Europe. At the end of 1990, deciding to focus on a career as a feature film producer, he moved to the United States, later becoming Chairman of the Board of ...
56. Laurent Tirard
Writer | Molière
Born in France in 1967, Laurent Tirard went to the US, to New York University, to study filmmaking and then became a script reader for the American company Warner Brothers.He returned to France to do journalism for the magazine Studio, during which time he interviewed 20 notable filmmakers which ...
60. Karine Silla
Writer | Un baiser papillon
Karine Silla was born on July 6, 1965 in Dakar, Senegal. She is an actress and writer, known for A Butterfly Kiss (2011), Once Upon an Angel (2002) and It's Easier for a Camel... (2003). She has been married to Vincent Perez since December 18, 1998. They have three children.
61. Vincent Perez
Actor | Queen of the Damned
Soulful, exotic-looking leading man Vincent Perez is known for his grand and glossy French pictures, exuding a sexy stare and irresistible charm that has swept Gallic women off their feet for over two decades. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, to a German mother and a Spanish businessman father...
Director | Vidocq
Pitof started his career in 1976 as photographer, assistant director and editor for films and commercials. He then branched out into musical scoring, software design and graphic design for televisions, music videos and commercials.
A pioneer of digital imaging in France, Pitof made his debut in ...
Director | La controverse de Valladolid
He has made famous by "La controverse de Valladolid" and is a specialist for adapting famous novels like "Eugénie Grandet", "Le Rouge et le Noir" or "Sans famille". Verhaeghe has worked very often with the same actors like Jean Carmet, Claude Rich, Carole Bouquet, Claude Jade, Pierre Vernier, ...
64. Alain Chabat
Writer | Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre
Born in Oran, French Algeria in 1958, Alain Chabat moved with his family to Massy, a suburb of Paris, as the Algeria War came to an end in 1963 . in 1987 he started a comedy sketch group for television called Les Nuls which developed a cult following.His acting career led to four Cesar awards for ...
69. Anne Fontaine
Writer | Coco avant Chanel
Anne Fontaine was born on July 15, 1959 in Luxembourg as Anne Sibertin-Blanc. She is an actress and writer, known for Coco Before Chanel (2009), The Innocents (2016) and Reinventing Marvin (2017). She is married to Philippe Carcassonne. They have one child.
74. Olivier Assayas
Writer | Personal Shopper
Olivier Assayas is a French film director, screenwriter and film critic. He is best know for his films Demonlover (2002), Something in the Air (2012), Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) and Personal Shopper (2016).
Assayas is the son of French director/screenwriter Raymond Assayas, alias Jacques Rémy.
Director | 37°2 le matin
A rabid movie fan when he was young, Jean-Jacques Beineix first studied medicine before entering the movie business. During the seventies, he became an established assistant director, working with Claude Berri, René Clément, Claude Zidi and even Jerry Lewis. But, like many assistants, Beineix's ...
Director | Solo
As an actor he became popular as Albert de Morcerf in a version of The Count of Monte Cristo (1954), fame and adulation followed with his Francois in Head Against the Wall (1959). As a director he became famous with anarcho-pictures, brilliant cynic comedies. His preferred actors in all decades were...
88. Igor Sekulic
Producer | Les gaous
Igor Sekulic started working with Director Jean-Marie Poire on Operation Corned Beef (1991) and became Jean-Marie Poire's assistant on all his following productions. In 1996 Igor Sekulic produced a live prime time TV show for Canal + from Ray Cooney's play "Out of Order" starring Christian Clavier....
92. Édouard Molinaro
Writer | The Birdcage
Édouard Molinaro was born on May 31, 1928 in Bordeaux, Gironde, France as Édouard Camille Molinaro. He was a director and writer, known for The Birdcage (1996), La Cage aux Folles (1978) and Beaumarchais the Scoundrel (1996). He was married to Catherine Laporte, Graziella and Marie-Hélène Breillat....
94. Peter Kassovitz
Director | Jakob the Liar
Born in Budapest, he saw his parents taken away to a concentration camp when he was 5. Hidden by a Catholic family, he met his parents after the war (who surprisingly survived the camps). During the Hungarian revolution in 1956, he moved to Paris where he worked as an assistant camera operator and ...
95. Claude Sautet
Writer | Un coeur en hiver
Claude Sautet was born on February 23, 1924 in Montrouge, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France as Claude Marie Sautet. He was a writer and director, known for Un Coeur en Hiver (1992), Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995) and The Things of Life (1970). He was married to Graziella Sautet. He died on ...
Though François Leterrier's career evolved from assistant director to writer and director, he left an important mark in cinema with an acting role as the leading man in Robert Bresson's immortal classic A Man Escaped (1956), as Fontaine, the man who skillfully tries several ways and attempts to ...
97. Claude Lelouch
Director | Un homme et une femme
Claude Lelouch was born on October 30, 1937 in Paris, France. He is a writer and director, known for A Man and a Woman (1966), The Crook (1970) and Tout ça... pour ça! (1993). He is married to Valérie Perrin. He was previously married to Alessandra Martines, Marie-Sophie L., Evelyne ...
98. Michel Deville
Director | Le dossier 51
Michel Deville, a singular talent in French cinema. For, except during a short period where he made two or three standard commercial films (but that was to repay the debts of his own film company, due to the defection of a business partner), Deville made pictures which, without being too elitist, ...
100. Jacques Richard
Director | Le fantôme d'Henri Langlois
Jacques Richard was born on March 31, 1954 in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France as Jacques Poupaud. He is a director and writer, known for Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinémathèque (2004), Rebelote (1984) and L'orpheline avec en plus un bras en moins (2011). He was previously ...