17 June 1963|
|Occupation||Director, writer, producer|
Christophe Barratier (born 17 June 1963) is a French film producer, film director and screenwriter, and lyricist.
Early life and education
Before being a filmmaker, Christophe Barratier studied a university cursus in classic music and guitar lessons: he graduated from prestigious French public school, École normale de Paris and won several international competition prizes. In 1991, he got into his uncle Jacques Perrin production firm, Galatée Films, in which he learnt the profession of producer. As line producer, he thus participated in making the films Microcosmos (1995), Himalaya (1999) and Winged Migration(2001).
In 2001, he directed his first short film, Les tombales adapted from the Guy de Maupassant novel. Starring Lambert Wilson and Carole Weiss, the film whose soundtrack was composed by Bruno Coulais, was selected for the Clermont-Ferrand international short film Festival. His first feature, The Chorus came out in 2004. An adaptation from the Jean Dréville movie, La cage aux rossignols (1945), its scenario was jointly written with the screenwriter Philippe Lopes-Curval. His second movie Paris 36 is based on iconic films choreographed by Busby Berkeley and based on a storyline of proletarians confronted to an opportunity such as in La belle équipe from Julien Duvivier (1936).
Then, alongside the producer Thomas Langmann, he stars working on a new adaptation of The War of the Buttons from Louis Pergaud. The story takes place during the world war II in the occupied France. The film garnered over 1,5 million admissions. Following this, Christophe Barratier direct Team spiritTeam Spirit (film) which revisits the carrer of Jérôme Kerviel as a trader in the Société Générale company. The movie came out in June 2016. Even if the film gathers some negative critics, such as the one film reviewer Samuel Douhaire, who prefers compare to the film The Wolf of Wall StreetThe Wolf of Wall Street (2013 film) by the renewed Martin Scorsese, Team SpiritTeam Spirit (film)massively appealed to a public willing to have a new perspective on the French finance world.
The fourth movie of Christophe Barratier marks a clear shift from his previous strongly historically connoted movies, but seduces by its well referenced nature and a realism acquired thanks to its roots into Jérôme Kerviel's biography, L'engrenage : mémoire d'un trader. Team spirit highlighted a very mediated case while maintaining a storyline base on impartiality towards the man who presented himself as a victim of the banking system. In 2017, Christophe Barratier presents the adaptation of his first success The Chorus as a musical show produced in the Folies Bergères theatre. For his show, the children of La maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine are the new singers of the filmmaker.
The next year, he signs a new partnership with Pascal Obispo to stage the musical Jésus, de Nazareth à Jérusalem. Based on the greatest Hollywoodian movies, the musical dives into one of the most intense tales of humanity. The success of the musical The Chorus, presented in 2017 at the Folies Bergères in Paris renewed interest in Canada for the masterpiece of Christophe Barratier. Thanks to the Serge Denoncourt's staging and conjoint adaptation alongside Maryse Warda, Quebec obtained its own version of the musical in May, 23rd 2018, featuring ten young performers from Petit Chanteurs de Laval and the Mont-Royal choral groups. However, the setting, characters and history still remained faithful to the original screenplay. The success of this transposition, from a French setting to Canadian one, perfectly illustrates how the poor of music and art in general can transcends geographical as well as emotional barriers.
Barratier has directed three successful feature films. The first was The Chorus (2004). As the lyricist of the film's song "Look To Your Path", he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film as well as eight César Awards, of which it won two.
His 2011 film, War of the Buttons (2011) is an adaptation of La Guerre des boutons (War of the Buttons), based on the 1912 novel by Louis Pergaud. It is altered by being set during World War II and the German Occupation of France. It was produced and co-written by Thomas Langmann (an Academy Award-winner for The Artist), with financial participation by Canal Plus. It was released in France during September 2011 and cost €16 million. It is being distributed in the United States as The War of the Buttons.
- His mother, Éva Simonet, is Jacques Perrin's sister and an important press agent in the french comedy.
- Tobias Grey, "Waging War(s) of the Buttons in France", Wall Street Journal, 15 September 2011, accessed 2 November 2012