November 12, 1947 |
|Years active||1976 - present|
Leconte grew up in Tours, and began making little amateur films at 15. He went to Paris in 1967 and studied at Institut des hautes études cinématographiques. While attending film school in the late 1960s, Leconte also worked as cartoonist, in particular for the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Pilote. He directed his first feature film in 1976, and had a number of major successes with comedy films that were barely distributed outside France. He first came to international attention in 1989 with Monsieur Hire, which was shown at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and which was a radical departure from his previous work. Although he had already directed more than half a dozen features, many foreign critics, unfamiliar with his previous work, essentially treated him as a newcomer. Since then, he has alternated between films such as Ridicule and L'homme du train which have had success in the international arthouse market, and others, like Les grands ducs, whose appeal has been limited to France.
He is sometimes credited as Patrice Lecomte.
In the 2000s, Patrice Leconte received more recognition in the United States with the successful United States releases of Girl on the Bridge, The Widow of Saint-Pierre, Man on the Train and Intimate Strangers (Paramount Classics released three of these films in the United States). Ryan Mottesheard of IndieWIRE wrote: "you could even argue that no other foreign filmmaker (INCLUDING Pedro Almodóvar) has had as strong of an impact on United States arthouses."
Patrice Leconte's new film, The Suicide Shop, will screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, CA, on Sunday, April 28, 2013 and Thursday, May 2, 2013.
- L'espace vital (short) (1969)
- Le laboratoire de l'angoisse (short) (1971)
- La famille heureuse (Famille Gazul) (short) (1973)
- Les Vécés étaient fermés de l'interieur (1976)
- Les Bronzés (1978)
- Les Bronzés font du ski (1979)
- Viens chez moi, j'habite chez une copine (1981)
- Ma femme s'appelle reviens (1982)
- Circulez y'a rien à voir (1983)
- Les Spécialistes (1985)
- Tandem (1987)
- Monsieur Hire (1989)
- Le Mari de la coiffeuse (The Hairdresser's Husband) (1990)
- Tango (1993)
- Le Parfum d'Yvonne (1994), based upon the novel Villa triste by Patrick Modiano
- Le Batteur Du Boléro (short) (1995)
- Les Grands Ducs (1996)
- Ridicule (1996)
- Une chance sur deux (1998)
- La Fille sur le pont (The Girl On the Bridge) (aka Girl on the Bridge in the United States)(1999)
- La Veuve de Saint-Pierre (The Widow of Saint-Pierre) (2000)
- Félix et Lola (2001)
- Rue des plaisirs (2002)
- L'homme du train (The Man on the Train) (aka Man on the Train in the United States) (2002)
- Confidences trop intimes (Intimate Strangers) (2004)
- Dogora: Ouvrons les yeux (documentary) (2004)
- Les Bronzés 3 : Amis pour la vie (2006)
- Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend) (2006)
- Trac (short) (2007)
- Dix films pour en parler (short) (2007)
- La guerre des miss (2008)
- Voir la mer (2011)
- The Suicide Shop (2012)
- A Promise (2013)
- "Festival de Cannes: Monsieur Hire". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- McNary, Dave (September 7, 2006). "Foreign-language fare lost in B.O. translation". Variety.
- Ryan Mottesheard: Arms Wide Open: Patrice Leconte Talks About "Intimate Strangers in IndieWIRE, July 30, 2004
- "The Suicide Shop Newport Beach Film Festival 2013 Screenings"
- Lisa Downing Patrice Leconte (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004)
- Patrice Leconte at the Internet Movie Database
- Patrice Leconte at Allmovie
- Short bio
- Interview with Patrice Leconte on The Widow of St. Pierre