September 4, 1961 |
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Life and career
Klapisch was born at Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine. He is from a Jewish family; his maternal grandparents were deported to Auschwitz. He studied cinema at the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle as well as at the University of Paris VIII. He was rejected on two occasions by the prestigious French film school IDHEC (Institut des hautes études cinématographiques), now known as La fémis. He later attended the film school at New York University from 1983 to 1985. During the 1980s, he started to shoot short films such as In transit or Ce qui me meut. He subsequently worked as a scriptwriter and he became a director for feature films. He has also directed a nature documentary for French television.
In 1992, Klapisch shot his first feature film, Riens du tout. One year later, a TV channel asked him to make a film about high school life, set in 1975, Le péril jeune. The film had a very small budget and featured Romain Duris and Vincent Elbaz, who would become two of his favourite actors. Due to its success when broadcast on TV, the film was released in the theaters two years later. During the 1990s, Klapisch made three short films to encourage the use of condoms in combatting AIDS: La chambre, Le Poisson Rouge and Le Ramoneur des Lilas.
In 1996, Klapisch gained greater international recognition after he directed two divergent films, Chacun cherche son chat (When the Cat's Away), and an adaptation of the French theatre comedy Un air de famille. Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri, the two scriptwriters and main actors, asked him to adapt the play into a film. The film received César Awards for the script and for the female and male supporting roles, Catherine Frot and Jean-Pierre Daroussin. His next film, Peut-être (Maybe), from 1999, featured Jean-Paul Belmondo, Duris and Elbaz.
Klapisch's next film, Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire), had its production delayed for 4 months. During this period, he devised a new, low-budget product, which became L'Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment). Shot in Spain, this film became his greatest box-office success. In 2005, he filmed a sequel to L'Auberge Espagnole, Les Poupées Russes (The Russian Dolls), with many of the same actors from L'Auberge Espagnole. His most recent film, Paris, was released in February 2008.
Filmography as director
- Ce qui me meut (1988)
- Riens du tout (1992)
- Le péril jeune (1994)
- Poisson rouge (1994)
- La chambre (1994)
- Le Ramoneur des Lilas (1995)
- Lumière et compagnie (1995)
- Chacun cherche son chat (When the Cat's Away, 1996)
- Un air de famille (1996)
- Peut-être (1999)
- L'auberge espagnole (2001)
- Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire) (2002)
- Les Poupées russes (Russian Dolls, 2004)
- Paris (2008)
- Ma part du gâteau (2011)
- Casse-tête chinois (Chinese Puzzle, 2013)
|Actor||Ce qui me meut
|Riens du tout
|Le péril jeune
|Le Ramoneur des Lilas
|Lumière et compagnie
|Chacun cherche son chat
|Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire)
|Les Poupées russes
|Ma part du gâteau
|Cécile de France|
- Laura Winters (1997-06-15). "A Filmmaker Peers Past Kissing Lovers To See the Real Paris". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
- A.O. Scott (2003-05-16). "Euro-Youths Enjoy a Pajama Party". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-06.