David Bonneville

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David Bonneville (Porto, 1978) is a London-based filmmaker.

Education and background[edit]

Bonneville received the University of Westminster's academic Excellence scholarship for his MA in Screenwriting & Producing. He is an alumnus of the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin Film Directing course in the context of the Gulbenkian Foundation Arts Programme. David is also a Sound & Image graduate, having studied in Portugal (Catholic University of Portugal) and Spain (Pompeu Fabra University). David speaks five languages: Portuguese, Spanish and English fluently, also French, elementary Italian and Catalan.

Bonneville began his career by assisting Turner-Prize winner Douglas Gordon and centenarian Cannes Palme d'Or winner Manoel de Oliveira. David has lived in Portugal, Spain, France and the UK, where he has worked for the BBC.

David was an extra in Mike Leigh's period film "Peterloo".


Cigano aka 'Gypsy' (Golden Palm in Mexico; Golden Cat in Izmir; Medal for Best Fiction in Faro; Elche Best Fiction Award in Spain; etc.) was funded by the Portuguese Film Board and premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival. It was SXSW Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival nominee and one of the 5 Golden Starfish at the Hamptons Film Festival.

L'Arc-en-Ciel (Best Actress Award at the International Portuguese Language Film Festival) was funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation and the RTP public TV Broadcaster. It has distribution with ArtCinema in Russia and it has aired on Porto Canal, Outtv, ZON TV, NOS and RTP2.

Heiko (Best Short Film at the 24th Mix:Copenhagen Film Festival/Denmark and Special Mention at the 10th Slamdance Film Festival/Park City, Utah, USA) was broadcast on Rede Globo, MEO TV, ZON, NOS and RTP. It is commercially distributed in the UK by Peccadillo Pictures. Heiko has screened at more than 70 festivals worldwide, taking Bonneville to the 58th Berlin Film Festival, and receiving nominations at film festivals in Paris, Lisbon, Toronto, New York, Hong-Kong and Melbourne.

Bonneville's feature debut, titled The Last Bath, has received funding from the National Center of Cinematography and the moving image and Radio and Television of Portugal, and will be set primarily in the Douro valley region of Portugal.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • 2018 - The Last Bath (in post-production)
  • 2015 - Farewell
  • 2013 - Cigano
  • 2010 - Eden
  • 2009 - L'Arc-en-Ciel
  • 2008 - Heiko
  • 2007 - The Balcony
  • 2007 - Photomotion
  • 2005 - Maquette
  • 2004 - Le Déjeuner Répéter


  1. ^ "Interview: David Bonneville talks Cigano". FilmDoo. 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2018-08-20.

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