Christian Carion

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Christian Carion
Born (1963-01-04) 4 January 1963 (age 52)
Cambrai, Nord, France
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1999–present

Christian Carion (born 4 January 1963) is a French film director, dialogue writer and screenwriter.

Life and career[edit]

Christian Carion was born in a family of farmers in the North of France. Despite nursing a passion for films since he was 13, he travels a scientific path. After passing his baccalauréat, he joins an engineering school affiliated to the french ministry of agriculture, thus answering his family’s wishes.

Yet the movies were never far away, and at a point he no longer could hide his wishes to make films. He rented a camera and began shooting films he himself describes as « uninteresting ». At that moment he met Christophe Rossignon. Both men decide there and then to start making movies. Christian Carion will be the film-maker and Christophe Rossignon the producer. And sometimes an actor as in the short film Carion shoots in 1999: Monsieur le député.

In 2001, Christian Carion directs his first feature film: Une hirondelle a fait le printemps (The Girl from Paris), the story, an hommage to his upbringing, tells the meeting of a brooding farmer, Michel Serrault, and a parisian girl seeking the calm of the countryside, played by Mathilde Seigner. The film was a hit, attracting over 2.4 million of French moviegoers.

The success allows Carion to move on to a more ambitious project, Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas). A film he had in mind since 1993. Screened in Cannes for the film festival in 2005, this historic film depicts the fraternizations of warriors on the eve of Christmas during World War I. The film, a huge commercial success, was nominated for numerous awards at the French César Awards and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Two years later, he filmed another historic film; L'Affaire Farewell (Farewell), with Emir Kusturica and Guillaume Canet - A spy film set in Russia and based on true events.

In 2014 he shot, on the roads of northern France, En mai, fais ce qu'il te plait. Another historical piece about the exodus of millions of people in May 1940, when France was falling apart and the inhabitants of northern France were fleeing the German troops. Written using numerous recollections from the northern people, the film depicts the quest of a German dissident, looking for his son. The original music was composed by Ennio Morricone.


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Actor
1999 Monsieur le député Yes Yes Short film
2001 The Girl from Paris Yes Yes Yes Palm Springs International Film Festival - John Schlesinger Award (Honourable Mention)
Nominated—César Award for Best First Feature Film
2005 Joyeux Noël Yes Yes Yes Leeds International Film Festival - Audience Award
Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Audience Choice Award
Valladolid International Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language
Nominated—César Award for Best Film
Nominated—César Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—European Film Academy People's Choice Award for Best European Film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
2006 Tell No One Yes
2009 Farewell Yes Yes Yes
2015 En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaît Yes Yes Yes

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