November 12, 1947 |
||1976 - present
Patrice Leconte (born November 12, 1947 in Paris, France) is a French film director, actor, comic strip writer, and screenwriter.
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 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."
An English language remake of Leconte's film Man on the Train was remade by a Hollywood studio in 2011, and two others are in 'development': Intimate Strangers and My Best Friend.
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.
Secondary literature 
- Lisa Downing Patrice Leconte (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004)
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