Jan Kounen

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Jan Kounen
Jan Kounen Deauville 2013.jpg
Kounen in 2013
Born (1964-05-02) 2 May 1964 (age 56)
Utrecht, Netherlands
OccupationFilm director, film producer

Jan Kounen (born Jan Coenen on 2 May 1964, Utrecht) is a Netherlands-born French film director and producer.[1][2][3]

In France, he is mostly known for his films Dobermann (1997), Blueberry, l'experience secrete (2004) and 99 francs (2007).[1][3] Outside France he is better known for his interest in Shipibo-Conibo culture and shamanism, with which he became familiar during his trips to Mexico and Peru,[2][4] and for directing some music videos of which, the most notable are the four videos he did for the English pop group Erasure in the 1990s (including three for the project Abba-esque) : Lay all your love on me (1992), Voulez-vous (1992), S.O.S. (1992) and Always (1994).[1][4]


After studying at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, where he directed his first short films, Jan Kounen began work as assistant operator and director of music videos and documentaries.[5] In 1989, he made the short film Gisele Kerosene, crowned Grand Prix in the category of Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival.[5][6]

In the early 90s, Kounen worked in advertising and made two highly acclaimed short films, Vibroboy and Little Red Riding Hood, the latter seeing him work with Emmanuelle Béart. In 1996, he made his first feature film, Dobermann,[7] starring French actor Vincent Cassel.[5][8]

In the 2000s, Jan Kounen traveled across Mexico and Peru, where he immersed in shaman culture. His next film was Blueberry (2004), an adaptation of the famous comic strip by Jean-Michel Charlier and Jean Giraud, better known as Moebius, with Vincent Cassel in the title role.[9] The same year, he released Other Worlds (2005), a documentary about shamanism.[8][9] After making his film Darshan - The Embrace (2005),[8][10] Kounen staged the Comedy 99 F in 2007, a satire of the world of advertising adapted from the bestseller by Frédéric Beigbeder and produced by Jean Dujardin.[5][6]

After participating in the Project 8 where he campaigned to improve maternal health in the world, he made Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009), a biographical film about the relationship between Chanel, the French fashion designer, and Stravinsky, the Russian composer,[8] starring Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen. The film closed the 2009 Cannes Festival.[5][6]




As author:[2][15]

  • Kounen, Jan (2015). Visionary Ayahuasca: A Manual for Therapeutic and Spiritual Journeys (1st ed.). Park Street Press (published 29 January 2015). ISBN 978-1620553459.

As co-author:[2][15]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Jan Kounen, Director and Filmmaker". Sumiruna Awakenings. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Jan Kounen". uniFrance. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "8 Official website". Retrieved 25 November 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d e AlloCine. "Jan Kounen". AlloCiné. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Retour sur le sketch de Jan Kounen coupé des Infidèles". Premiere.fr (in French). Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Blueberry". Time Out London. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Jan Kounen". www.rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  9. ^ a b "OM on the Range: The Alternative Realities of Jan Kounen". DangerousMinds. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  10. ^ a b Kounen, Jan; Benant, Bernard (9 November 2006). Darshan : Voyage dans les bras d'Amma (in French). Paris: Editions SW Télémaque. ISBN 9782753300361.
  11. ^ "Jan Kounen and the Alien". alienexplorations.blogspot.in. Alien Explorations. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  12. ^ Beigbeder, Frédéric; Kounen, Jan; Allix, Simon; Planche, Jean-Luc (24 September 2007). 99 francs, le manuel d'utilisation de la société d'hyperconsommation (in French). Editions SW Télémaque. ISBN 9782753300507.
  13. ^ "Vape Wave | Let's make cigarette history !". www.vapewave.net. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Jan Kounen". Filmweb. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Jan Kounen". Inner Traditions. Retrieved 3 January 2017.

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