Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

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Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Born (1963-07-01) 1 July 1963 (age 57)
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer
Years active1989–present

Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (born 1 July 1963) is a French writer, director and producer of films and television series.

Early life and education[edit]

Lestrade was born in Mirande, Gers, in southwestern France. He studied law and journalism in Paris, and turned to making documentaries which scrutinize the mechanisms of society.


Lestrade won an Oscar for Best Documentary for his ninth feature, Murder on a Sunday Morning, in 2001. He is also known for his film The Staircase, about the murder trial against author Michael Peterson, who was accused of killing his wife. He is an executive producer for the TV series Sin City Law (2007), which has been shown on the Sundance Channel in the US.


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Beauty Parlor Cinematographer Short
1995 La cavale des innocents Director TV movie
1998 Une Australie blanche et pure Director, Writer & Cinematographer TV movie
Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels - Reports and Social Issues
La vie jusqu'au bout Director TV movie
Des enfants plein d'espoir TV movie
1999 D'un amour à l'autre TV movie
2001 La justice des hommes Director & Producer TV movie
Albert Londres Prize - Audio-Visual
Murder on a Sunday Morning Director Documentary
Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Christopher Award - Television & Cable
Prix Italia - Documentary - Current Affairs
2002 Madame la principale Producer TV movie
2003 Qui a tué Cécile Bloch ? Writer & Executive Producer Documentary
Un rêve algérien Producer Documentary
2004 Soupçons Director, Writer & Cinematographer TV mini-series
International Documentary Association - Limited Series
L'affaire Dubois Writer & Executive producer TV movie
Avant les assises, une affaire de viol Executive producer Documentary
Avant les assises, une affaire de meurtre Documentary
2006 L'aventure MSF Producer TV mini-series
2007 How Much Is Your Life Worth ? Executive producer TV movie
2008 Sur ta joue ennemie Director, Producer & Writer
Sin City Law Writer & Producer TV series (2 episodes)
International Documentary Association - Limited Series
2009 Hors Série Director, Producer & Writer TV series (1 episode)
2010 Cigarettes et bas nylon Producer TV movie
FBI : Police d'Etat Co-Producer TV series (1 episode)
2011 Un si long voyage Executive producer Documentary
2012 La disparition Director, Writer & Producer TV movie
2013 The Staircase II: The Last Chance Director, Writer & Executive producer Documentary
2014 3xManon Director & Writer TV mini-series
Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels - Fiction
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - Best Television Series
Infrarouge Director TV series (1 episode)
2015 Malaterra TV mini-series
2016 Infrarouge Producer TV series (1 episode)

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