Yves Lavandier

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Yves Lavandier
Born April 1959 (age 56)
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, television writer

Yves Lavandier (born April 2, 1959) is a French film director.


Yves Lavandier was born on April 2, 1959. After receiving a degree in civil engineering, he studied film at Columbia University, New York, between 1983 and 1985. Miloš Forman, František Daniel, Stefan Sharff, Brad Dourif, Larry Engel and Melina Jelinek were among his teachers. During these two years, he wrote and directed several shorts including Mr. Brown?, The Perverts and Yes Darling. He returned to France in 1985, directed another short, Le scorpion, and embarked on a scriptwriting career mainly for television. He is the creator of an English teaching sitcom called Cousin William.

In addition to his career as scriptwriter, he began to teach screenwriting throughout Europe and published a treatise on the subject titled Writing Drama. For the occasion he founded his own publishing and production company, Le Clown & l'Enfant.[1] Writing Drama is now considered a bible amongst European scriptwriters and playwrights, and Yves Lavandier a renowned script consultant.[2] Among other things, Yves Lavandier is a pitch expert for Dreamago.[3]

In March 2015, he launched in English a web series entitled Hats off to the screenwriters!, described as a "tribute to the creative people who invent narratives, characters, fictitious worlds, structures and... meaning".

In August and September 2000, he shot his first feature film as writer-director, Yes, But..., which deals with brief therapy and teenage sexuality.[4] It was released in France on April 18, 2001, and won several Audience Awards in festivals around the world.[5] Yves Lavandier is married with four children.


  1. ^ News for Le Clown & l'Enfant
  2. ^ What the professionals say about Writing Drama
  3. ^ WGA article on Dreamago (cf. page 30)
  4. ^ Interview with Yves Lavandier
  5. ^ Awards for Yes, But... on IMDb

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