Jean-Pierre Dardenne

  • Belgian director and producer duo, born in 1951 in Engis.

    The Dardenne brothers spent their childhood in the industrial suburbs of Liège, the future setting of their intimate social dramas. Jean-Pierre studied the dramatic arts while Luc took philosophy classes. They shot political videos about working-class housing estates before directing documentaries about the history of the working-class movement and resistance. In 1987, they directed Falsch, their first fictional feature film, and became household names thanks to The Promise (1994). Rosetta (1999), which won the Golden Palm at Cannes, then The Son (2002) were to follow. In a rare and prestigious win, they received the Golden Palm once again for The Child in 2005. Next came portraits of women: Lorna’s Silence (2008), Two Days, One Night (2014), and The Unknown Girl (2016). They have coproduced many documentaries and more recently, fiction films, between France, Italy, England, and Tunisia, among other countries. Their most recent film, Young Ahmed, was selected in competition at Cannes in 2019 where it won the Best Director Award.
     

  • Fictions

    Falsch (1987) - Je pense à vous (1992) - La Promesse (1996) - Rosetta (1999) - Le Fils (2002) - L’Enfant (2005) - Le Silence de Lorna (2008) - Le Gamin au vélo (2011) - Deux jours, une nuit (2014) - La Fille inconnue (2016) - Le Jeune Ahmed (2019) 

    Documentaires

    Le Chant du rossignol (1978) - Lorsque le bateau de Léon M. descendit la Meuse pour la première fois (1979) - Pour que la guerre s’achève, les murs devaient s’écrouler (1980) - R… ne répond plus (1981) - Leçons d’une université volante (1982) - Regarde Jonathan/Jean Louvet (1983)

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