Bruno Dumont

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Bruno Dumont
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Bruno Dumont at the London Film Festival circa 2010
Born (1958-03-14) March 14, 1958 (age 56)
Bailleul, Nord, France
Nationality French
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Bruno Dumont (born 14 March 1958) is a French film director and screenwriter. To date, he has directed seven feature films, all of which border somewhere between realistic drama and the avant-garde. His films have won several awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Two of Dumont's films have won the Grand Prix award: both L'Humanité (1999)[1] and Flandres (2006).[2] Dumont's Hadewijch won the 2009 Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival, and will be distributed in France in 2009, and by IFC in the U.S. in 2010.

Life and career[edit]

Dumont has a background of Greek and German (Western) philosophy, and of corporate video.[3] His films often show the ugliness of extreme violence and provocative sexual behavior, and are usually classified as art films. Dumont has himself likened his films to visual arts, and he typically uses long takes, close-ups of people's bodies, and story lines involving extreme emotions. Dumont does not write traditional scripts for his films. Instead, he writes complete novels which are then the basis for his filmmaking.

He says that some of his favorite filmmakers are Stanley Kubrick, Ingmar Bergman, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Rossellini, and Abbas Kiarostami. He is frequently considered an artistic heir to Robert Bresson.

His—extremely divisive—work has been connected to a recent French cinéma du corps/cinema of the body, encompassing contemporary films by Claire Denis, Marina de Van, Gaspar Noé, Diane Bertrand, and Francois Ozon, among others. According to Tim Palmer, this trajectory includes a focus on states of corporeality in and of themselves, independent of narrative exposition or character psychology.[4] In a more pejorative vein, James Quandt has also talked some of this group of filmmakers, as the so-called New French Extremity.[5]

His 2011 film Hors Satan premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[6][7] His 2013 film Camille Claudel 1915 premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.[8]

Dumont is an Atheist.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Short films[edit]

Interviews and articles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Humanité". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-06. (1999)
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Flanders". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  3. ^ http://www.mastersofcinema.org/reviews/dumont.htm
  4. ^ Palmer, Tim (2011). Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema, Wesleyan University Press, Middleton CT. ISBN 0-8195-6827-9.
  5. ^ Quandt, James, "Flesh & Blood: Sex and violence in recent French cinema", ArtForum, February 2004 [1] Access date: 10 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  7. ^ "Cannes film festival 2011: The full lineup". guardian.co.uk (London). 14 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  8. ^ "Berlinale Competition 2013: Another Nine Films Confirmed". berlinale. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  9. ^ "French Director Bruno Dumont on Outside Satan: "No God but Cinema"". http://www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 

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