Lucile Hadžihalilović

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Lucile Hadžihalilović
Born (1961-05-07) 7 May 1961 (age 56)
Lyon, France
Occupation Film director
Spouse(s) Gaspar Noé

Lucile Emina Hadžihalilović (born 7 May 1961) is a French writer and director. Her most notable works include the 1996 short film La Bouche de Jean-Pierre and the 2004 feature-length film Innocence, for which she became the first woman to win the Stockholm International Film Festival annual Bronze Horse top award for best film.[1]


Hadžihalilović was born in Lyon in 1961 to Bosnian parents and grew up in Morocco until she was 17.[2] She studied art history[2] and graduated from the prestigious French film school La Femis (previously Institut des hautes études cinématographiques) in 1987 with the short film La Premiere Mort de Nono.[3]

In the early 1990s, she began to collaborate with the notable French filmmaker Gaspar Noé. She edited his short film Carne (1991) and its sequel, the feature length I Stand Alone (1998), and together they formed the production company Les Cinémas de la Zone[4] in 1991.[3] Noe explained their coming together as business partners: "we discovered that we shared a desire to make films atypical and we decided together to create our own society, Les Cinémas de la Zone, in order to finance our projects."[5] Hadžihalilović’s first film after her graduation, La Bouche de Jean-Pierre (1996), was a result of this collaborative effort. Hadžihalilović wrote, edited, produced, and directed the film while Noé worked as the cinematographer. La Bouche de Jean-Pierre was shown during the Un Certain Regard panel at the Cannes Film Festival as well as being selected for various other notable festivals throughout the world.[3] Hadžihalilović also contributed to the screenplay of Noe's critically divisive Enter the Void (2009).



Hadžihalilović worked as an editor for a number of films before beginning her own projects. The first film she worked on was Sylvain Ledey's short Festin (1986),[2][6] after which she edited Alain Bourges' 1991 documentary Horizons artificiels (Trois rêves d'architecture),[2] which has been described as "three confrontations between the discourse on architecture and the architecture of speech."[7] Soon after, she had begun her collaboration with Gaspar Noé and worked on his 1991 short Carne.[8] In 1994, she worked on the short La Baigneuse by Joel Leberre.[2] Hadžihalilović then both produced and edited Noe's feature length sequel to Carne, 1998's I Stand Alone.[2]


Hadžihalilović's first short feature after her graduating film was La Bouche de Jean-Pierre (1996). It is told through the eyes of a young girl, Mimi (Sandra Sammartino), whose mother had attempted suicide. Mimi is then relocated to live with her aunt (Denise Aron-Schropfer) and a man named Jean-Pierre (Michel Trillot). The film features child abuse, and ends with Mimi taking sleeping pills in an effort to copy her mother.[3]

In 1998, Hadžihalilović made Good Boys Use Condoms, one of a series of erotic short films promoting condom use.[9] Another in the series, Sodomites, was made by Noé.[10] In 2004, she released the critically acclaimed film Innocence, starring Marion Cotillard and Hélène de Fougerolles. The film was inspired by the 1903 novella Mine-Haha, or On the Bodily Education of Young Girls by German playwright Frank Wedekind.[3] The film follows three young girls who attend a secluded mysterious boarding school and their interactions with their teachers (Cotillard and Fougerolles).[3] She has commented on the film's similarity or references to Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977), and Victor Erice's The Spirit of the Beehive (1973).[11]

Hadžihalilović released a short entitled Nectar in 2014[12] and the feature film Evolution in 2015.[13] Evolution revolves around young boys who are subjected to mysterious treatments and live on an island inhabited solely by women and themselves.[14]



  • Festin (1986) (short film)
  • La Premiere Mort de Nono (1987) (short film)
  • Horizons artificiels (Trois rêves d'architecture) (1991)
  • Carne (1991) (short film)
  • La Baigneuse (1994) (short film)
  • La Bouche de Jean-Pierre (1996) (short film)
  • I Stand Alone (1998)
  • Les cinéphiles - Le retour de Jean (1989)
  • Les cinéphiles 2 - Eric a disparu (1989)
  • Carne (1991) (short film)
  • La Premiere Mort de Nono (1987) (short film)
  • La Bouche de Jean-Pierre (1996) (short film)
  • Good Boys Use Condoms (1998) (short film)
  • Innocence (2004)
  • Nectar (2014) (short film)
  • Evolution (2015)


  1. ^ "Director is first woman to win a Bronze Horse". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Encyclopedia of French Film Directors". Retrieved 2015-04-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Contemporary Feminine Cinema and Lucile Hadzihalilovic's Innocence". Retrieved 2015-04-03. 
  4. ^ "IMDb: Les Cinémas de la Zone". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  5. ^ "Le Tempts Detruit Tout: Pulpe Amère". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  6. ^ "International Short Film Festival: Festin". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  7. ^ "Film documentaire: Horizons artificiels". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  8. ^ "IMDb: Carne". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  9. ^ "IMDb: Good Boys Use Condoms". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  10. ^ "IMDb: Sodomites". Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Artificial Eye: Lucile Hadžihalilović". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  12. ^ "IMDb: Nectar". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  13. ^ "Cineuropa: Lucile Hadzihalilovic is back with Evolution". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  14. ^ "Wild Bunch: Evolution". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 

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