Philippe Garrel (born 6 April 1948 in Boulogne-Billancourt) is a French director, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor and producer. His movies have won him awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.
During his 10-year relationship with German singer and actress Nico between 1969 and 1979, he featured her in seven of his films, beginning in 1972. From a relationship with the actress Brigitte Sy, he is the father of actor Louis Garrel.
Early life and career
The younger Garrel became interested in film and started his career early, influenced by the new work of Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. At the age of 16, Garrel wrote and directed his first film, Les Enfants Désaccordés, in 1964.
Marriage and family
Garrel met the singer Nico in 1969 when she performed the song "The Falconer" for his film Le Lit de la Vierge (The Virgin's Bed). The couple soon started living together. He first cast Nico in his 1972 film La Cicatrice Intérieure (aka The Inner Scar). Songs from the soundtrack were included in Nico's album Desertshore, which featured stills from the film on the front and back covers. Nico was featured in a number of Garrel's films after this. Their ten-year relationship ended in 1979.
In 1982, Garrel won the Prix Jean Vigo for the film L'Enfant Secret. He won Perspectives du Cinéma Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984 for his 1983 film Liberté, la nuit. Over a ten-year period, Garrel enjoyed a good run of critical recognition at the Venice Film Festival. In 1991, he won a Silver Lion for his film J'entends Plus la Guitare, which was nominated for a Golden Lion. Le Vent de la Nuit was nominated for a Golden Lion in 1999. Two years later, Sauvage Innocence was nominated for a Golden Lion and won the FIPRESCI Prize. His 2005 film, Les Amants Réguliers, won him the Silver Lion, for Best Director.
- Les enfants désaccordés 1964 (Writer/director/editor)
- Droit de visite 1965 (Writer/director)
- Marie pour mémoire 1967 (Writer/director/editor)
- Anémone 1968 (Writer/director/actor)
- La Concentration (Writer/director/producer/co-editor/art director)
- Le révélateur 1968 (Writer/director/editor/producer)
- Actua 1 1968 (Director)
- Le lit de la Vierge 1969 (Writer/director/actor/editor/producer)
- La cicatrice intérieure 1972 (Writer/director/actor/editor/producer) starring Nico
- Athanor 1972 (Writer/director/editor/producer) starring Nico
- Les Hautes solitudes 1974 (Writer/director/editor/producer) starring Jean Seberg, Nico
- Un ange passe 1975 (Writer/director/producer/cinematographer/editor)
- Le berceau de cristal 1975 (Writer/director/actor/editor/producer/cinematographer) starring Pierre Clémenti, Nico, Anita Pallenberg
- Voyage au jardin des morts 1978 (writer/director/editor/producer)
- L'enfant secret 1979 (Writer/director/actor/editor/producer) - banned until 1982
- Le bleu des origines 1979 (Writer/director/actor/cinematographer/editor/producer)
- Liberté, la nuit 1983 (Writer/director/editor), starring Maurice Garrel
- Paris vu par... vingt ans après 1984 (Writer/director) - segment "Rue Fontaine", starring Jean-Pierre Léaud
- Elle a passé tant d'heures sous les Sunlights... 1985
- Les Ministères de l'art 1989 (Director) - documentary on post Nouvelle Vague directors with Benoît Jacquot, André Téchiné, Jacques Doillon, Chantal Akerman, Werner Schroeter, Juliette Berto, Leos Carax and footage of Jean Eustache
- Les baisers de secours 1989 (Writer/director/actor)
- J'entends plus la guitare 1991 (Writer/director)
- The Birth of Love 1993, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Lou Castel
- The Phantom Heart 1996 (Writer/director)
- Night Wind 1999 (Writer/director), starring Catherine Deneuve
- Wild Innocence 2001 (Writer/director)
- Regular Lovers 2004 (Writer/director), starring Louis Garrel
- Frontier of Dawn 2008 (Writer/director), starring Louis Garrel
- A Burning Hot Summer 2011 (Writer/director), starring Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel
- Jealousy 2013 (Writer/director), starring Louis Garrel and Anna Mouglalis
- "Philippe Garrel", Senses Of Cinema website
- "Philippe Garrel", Strictly Film School
- "Philippe Garrel", New York Times movie entry