Jan Kounen

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Jan Kounen
Jan Kounen Deauville 2013.jpg
Kounen in 2013
Born (1964-05-02) 2 May 1964 (age 53)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Occupation Film director, film producer

Jan Kounen (born Jan Coenen on 2 May 1964) is a Utrecht, Utrecht, 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 on the eccentric and violent dog breed Dobermann,[7] starring French actor Vincent Cassel.[5][8]

After the controversial Dobermann film, Jan Kounen traveled across Mexico and Peru, where he immersed in shaman culture and returned in 2004 with the Western Blueberry, an adaptation of the famous comic strip by Jean-Michel Charlier and Jean Giraud Moebius where he gave the title role to Vincent Cassel.[9] The same year, he continued his study of shamanism with the documentary Other Worlds.[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 a film that captured Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky in which he depicts the connection of passion between the famous seamstress with the Russian composer.[8] Starring Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen the film closed the 2009 Cannes Festival.[5][6]




As author:[2][15]

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 2017-01-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Jan Kounen". uniFrance. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  4. ^ a b c "8 Official website". Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e AlloCine. "Jan Kounen". AlloCiné. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  6. ^ a b c "Retour sur le sketch de Jan Kounen coupé des Infidèles". Premiere.fr (in French). Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Blueberry". Time Out London. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Jan Kounen". www.rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  9. ^ a b "OM on the Range: The Alternative Realities of Jan Kounen". DangerousMinds. 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  10. ^ a b Kounen, Jan; Benant, Bernard (2006-11-09). 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 2017-01-03. 
  12. ^ Beigbeder, Frédéric; Kounen, Jan; Allix, Simon; Planche, Jean-Luc (2007-09-24). 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 2017-01-03. 
  14. ^ "Jan Kounen". Filmweb. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  15. ^ a b "Jan Kounen". Inner Traditions. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 

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