Bruno Dumont at the London Film Festival circa 2010
March 14, 1958|
Bailleul, Nord, France
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Bruno Dumont (French: [dymɔ̃]; born 14 March 1958) is a French film director and screenwriter. To date, he has directed ten feature films, all of which border somewhere between realistic drama and the avant-garde. His films have won several awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Two of Dumont's films have won the Grand Prix award: both L'Humanité (1999) and Flandres (2006). Dumont's Hadewijch won the 2009 Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival.
Life and career
Dumont has a background of Greek and German (Western) philosophy, and of corporate video. His films often show the ugliness of extreme violence and provocative sexual behavior, and are usually classified as art films. Dumont has himself likened his films to visual arts, and he typically uses long takes, close-ups of people's bodies, and story lines involving extreme emotions. Dumont does not write traditional scripts for his films. Instead, he writes complete novels which are then the basis for his filmmaking.
He says that some of his favorite filmmakers are Stanley Kubrick, Ingmar Bergman, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Rossellini, and Abbas Kiarostami. He is frequently considered an artistic heir to Robert Bresson.
His—extremely divisive—work has been connected to a recent French cinéma du corps/body of cinema, encompassing contemporary films by Claire Denis, Marina de Van, Gaspar Noé, Diane Bertrand, and François Ozon, among others. According to Tim Palmer, this trajectory includes a focus on states of corporeality in and of themselves, independent of narrative exposition or character psychology. In a more pejorative vein, James Quandt has also talked of some of this group of filmmakers, as the so-called New French Extremity.
His 2011 film Hors Satan premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His 2013 film Camille Claudel 1915 premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.
Dumont is an atheist.
- La vie de Jésus / The Life of Jesus (1997)
- Humanité / Humanity (1999)
- Twentynine Palms (2003)
- Flandres / Flanders (2006)
- Hadewijch (2009)
- Hors Satan (2011)
- Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)
- P'tit Quinquin / L'il Quinquin (2014)
- Slack Bay / Ma Loute (2016)
- Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017)
Interviews and articles
- Kinok 14 September 2003
- Film de Culte (French)
- Village Voice 30 March 2004
- Cineuropa 23 May 2006
- Fluctuat 1 March 2012 (French)
- Premiere 28 August 2006 (French)[permanent dead link]
- Telerama 2 September 2006 (French)
- DVDrama 24 September 2006 (French)
- Film de Culte September 2006 (French)
- Photos of Bruno Dumont from The San Sebastian Film Festival, October 2009
- "Festival de Cannes: Humanité". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-06.(1999)
- "Festival de Cannes: Flanders". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-03.
- Palmer, Tim (2011). Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema, Wesleyan University Press, Middleton CT. ISBN 0-8195-6827-9.
- Quandt, James, "Flesh & Blood: Sex and violence in recent French cinema", ArtForum, February 2004  Access date: 10 July 2008.
- "Festival de Cannes: Official Selection". Cannes. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
- "Cannes film festival 2011: The full lineup". guardian.co.uk. London. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
- "Berlinale Competition 2013: Another Nine Films Confirmed". berlinale. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
- "French Director Bruno Dumont on Outside Satan: "No God but Cinema"". huffingtonpost.com. 21 November 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2014.