Benoît Delépine

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Benoît Delépine
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Benoît Delépine in 2010
Born (1958-08-30) 30 August 1958 (age 62)
OccupationComedian, screenwriter, film director, actor, producer
Years active1974–present

Benoît Delépine (born 30 August 1958) is a French comedian and film director. He is known for his satirical activities on TV channel Canal+.

Director of the TV program Guignols de l'info for many years, he currently writes TV programs about the fictional country of Groland. He also plays the cynical journalist-reporter Mickael Kael.

In the cinema, Delépine has written and performed in two films. Mickael Kael contre la World News Company, a chess commercial, reprising two elements of the fictional career of the director: his role as a reporter for Groland and the World Company, which he contributed to create for Les Guignols.

In 2004, Aaltra, which he wrote, directed, and starred in with Gustave Kervern enjoyed critical success. The two companions from the Groland adventure wrote and directed it as a road movie where two enemies travel the roads of northern France and Finland following an accident. With Kervern, he also directed and starred in Avida, which was awarded screened out of competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.[1] His 2010 film Mammuth was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

His 2012 film Le grand soir competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival[3][4] where it won the Special Jury Prize.[5]


As filmmaker[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Producer
2004 Aaltra Yes Yes BFI London Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize
Transilvania International Film Festival - Audience Award
2006 Avida Yes Yes
2008 Louise Hires a Contract Killer Yes Yes Amiens International Film Festival - Audience Award
Prix Jacques Prévert du Scénario for Best Original Screenplay
San Sebastián International Film Festival - Best Screenplay
Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize for Originality (World Cinema Dramatic)
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Screenplay
2010 Comme un chien Yes Yes Yes Short film; co-producer
2010 Mammuth Yes Yes Cabourg Film Festival - Coup de Foudre
Nominated—Berlin Film Festival - Golden Bear
Nominated—César Award for Best Film
Nominated—César Award for Best Original Screenplay
2012 Le Grand Soir Yes Yes Yes Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize
2014 Enfin la fin Yes Yes Short film
2014 Ablations Yes Yes
2014 Near Death Experience Yes Yes Yes Nominated—Venice Film Festival - Horizons Award
2016 Saint-Amour Yes Yes Yes
2018 I Feel Good Yes Yes Yes
2020 Delete History Yes


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Avida". Retrieved 2009-12-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: Berlin festival unveils full lineup". Archived from the original on February 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "2012 Cannes Film Festival line-up announced!". Total Film. Retrieved 2012-04-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Cannes (2012-05-27). "Awards 2012". Cannes Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2012-05-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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