Romain Gavras

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Romain Gavras (born 4 July 1981 in Paris, France) is a French-Greek filmmaker. He is best known for directing Jamie xx's video for "Gosh" and Kanye West's video for "No Church in the Wild".[1][2] He also directed Justice's "Stress" and M.I.A.'s "Born Free", both controversial for their depiction of graphic violence.[3][4]

Gavras' films and music videos often portray a gritty setting juxtaposed with high energy content. He won two VMAs in 2012 for Best Direction and Best Cinematography, both for the "Bad Girls" video he directed for M.I.A.

His second film, The World Is Yours (Le Monde est à toi) was screened at the Directors’ Fortnight during the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Biography[edit]

Gavras was born in Paris and grew up in a family of filmmakers. He is the youngest son of French journalist and film producer, Michèle Ray-Gavras, and Greek filmmaker, Costa-Gavras. His sister, Julie Gavras, and brother, Alexandre Gavras, are also filmmakers.

In 1995, he co-founded the film collective, Kourtrajmé, with his childhood friend, Kim Chapiron.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Notes
2001 The Funk Hunt Short film
2002 La Barbichette Short film
Easy Pizza Riderz Short film[5]
2008 Les Mathématiques du Roi Heenok Short film
A Cross the Universe Documentary
Nominated – CPH:DOX Sound & Vision Award
2010 Our Day Will Come
(Notre jour viendra)
Nominated – CPH PIX: New Talent Grand Pix
Nominated – SXSW Film Festival Audience Award: Emerging Visions
Nominated – Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema: Kraków Film Award[6]
2018 The World Is Yours
(Le Monde est à toi)
Nominated – Quinzaine des Réalisateurs: Europa Cinemas Label
Nominated – Quinzaine des Réalisateurs: Art Cinema Award
Nominated – Quinzaine des Réalisateurs: SACD Award

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Notes
2002 "Changer le Monde" Rocé
2003 "Pour ceux" Mafia K1 Fry
2004 "Y'en a des biens" Didier Super
2007 "Trankillement" Fatal Bazooka
"I Believe" Simian Mobile Disco
"Signatune" DJ Mehdi
2008 "Stress" Justice UK Music Video Award for Best International Video[7]
Webby Award for Best Music Video[8]
"The Age of the Understatement" The Last Shadow Puppets
2010 "Born Free" M.I.A. D&AD Graphite Pencil for Best Music Video[9]
Nominated – UK Music Video Award for Best Dance Video
2012 "Bad Girls" MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction
UK Music Video Award for Video of the Year
UK Music Video Award for Best Director
UK Music Video Award for Best Pop Video
MVPA Award for Best International Video[10]
UK Asian Music Award for Best Video
Nominated – Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video
Nominated – Camerimage for Best Music Video[11]
Nominated – MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year
Nominated – MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video
Nominated – NME Award for Best Music Video
"No Church in the Wild" Jay-Z and Kanye West Nominated – Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video
Nominated – MuchMusic Video Award for International Video of the Year – Group
Nominated – UK Music Video Award for Best Urban Video – International
Nominated – Antville Music Video Award for Best Hip-Hop Video
2016 "Gosh" Jamie xx D&AD Yellow Pencil for Best Music Video[12][13]
D&AD Graphite Pencil for Best Direction[14]
D&AD Graphite Pencil for Best Cinematography[15]
Cannes Lions: Silver Lion for Direction
Cannes Lions: Silver Lion for Production Design/Art Direction
Cannes Lions: Gold Lion for Cinematography
UK Music Video Award for Video of the Year
UK Music Video Award for Best Alternative Video
ASVOFF Award for Best Art Direction
Lovie Award for Artist of the Year[16]
Nominated – Grammy Award for Best Music Video
Nominated – Camerimage for Best Music Video[17]
2018 "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" Mark Ronson Executive producer

Advertising[edit]

Year Title Brand
2010 "Belle d'Opium" Yves Saint Laurent
2011 "Opium"
"All In" Adidas[18]
"Mayhem" Allstate[19][20]
"Trilogy" Lancia Ypsilon
2013 "Charge" Samsung
"L'invitation au voyage" Louis Vuitton
"The Film" Dior Homme
2016 "The Corner" Powerade
2018 "J'Adore, the New Absolu" Dior
2019 "Cœur Battant" Louis Vuitton
2020 "Feel the Power" PlayStation 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Best Music Videos of 2016". Pitchfork. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Best Music Videos of 2016: Jamie xx, 'Gosh'". NPR. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  3. ^ Gorton, Thomas (18 August 2015). "The most controversial music videos of all time". Dazed. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  4. ^ Cochrane, Lauren (25 September 2010). "Romain Gavras: Born Free director is no stranger to Stress". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Le Cinéma Club / Easy Pizza Riderz". lecinemaclub.com. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  6. ^ "OFF CAMERA 2011" (in Polish). Filmweb. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  7. ^ "The Internet may sound the death of the video star". The New Indian Express. 10 November 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Webby Awards: Stress". webbyawards.com. 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Born Free / D&AD Awards 2011". dandad.org. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  10. ^ Gottlieb, Steven (1 June 2012). "2012 MVPA Award Winners". videostatic.com. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  11. ^ "SELECTION RESULTS FOR MUSIC VIDEOS COMPETITION". camerimage.pl. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Gosh - Jamie XX - Romain Gavras". dandad.org. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  13. ^ "The winners of the D&AD Awards 2017". media-marketing.com. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Gosh - Jamie XX - Romain Gavras". dandad.org. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Gosh - Jamie XX - Romain Gavras". dandad.org. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  16. ^ "LOVIE AWARDS 2016 : ET LES GAGNANTS SONT..." (in French). aquent.fr. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  17. ^ "MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS ARE HERE!". camerimage.pl. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  18. ^ "ADIDAS IS ALL IN - LAUNCHING THE BIGGEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN IN THE BRAND'S HISTORY". Adidas. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Allstate". commarts.com. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  20. ^ "MassMarket Kicks It..." Adland. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2020.

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