Bertrand Bonello

Bertrand Bonello (French: [bɔnɛlo]; born 11 September 1968)[1] is a French film director, screenwriter, producer and composer. His background is in classical music, and he lives between Paris and Montreal. His work has also been associated with the New French Extremity.[2]

Bertrand Bonello
Bertrand Bonello Lumières 2015.jpg
Bonello in 2015
Born (1968-09-11) 11 September 1968 (age 54)[1]
Nice, France[1]
Occupations
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
  • composer
  • actor
Years active1996–present
Children1
AwardsFull list

CareerEdit

His directorial debut The Pornographer won the FIPRESCI prize at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.[3] His next effort Tiresia was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.[4]

His film House of Tolerance, a depiction of daily life in a fin-de-siècle Parisian bordello, premiered In Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[5]

His 2014 film Saint Laurent,[6] a biopic of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, competed for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival,[7] and received ten César Award nominations, including Best Film and Best Director.[8] The film was also selected as France's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.[9]

His 2022 film Coma competed for the Encounters Award at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Award at the festival.[10][11]

His forthcoming film, The Beast, is a Sci-Fi romantic drama freely inspired by Henry James' 1903 novella The Beast in the Jungle,[12] and it is expected to be released in 2023.[13]

Bonello also owns the production company My New Picture, which produces all of his films since 2008's On War.[14][15]

Personal lifeEdit

Bonello was in a relationship with his frequent collaborator, French-Canadian cinematographer Josée Deshaies, with whom he had a daughter in 2003.[16][17] Bonello's 2022 film Coma was dedicated to and inspired by his daughter.[17][18]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Composer Producer Actor Role
1996 Who I Am Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Pylade Short film
1998 Something Organic Yes Yes Yes
2001 The Pornographer Yes Yes Yes
2002 The Adventures of James and David Yes Yes Yes Short film
2003 Tiresia Yes Yes
2005 Cindy: The Doll Is Mine Yes Yes Short film
2006 My New Picture Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film
2008 On War Yes Yes Yes Yes Also executive producer
2010 Where the Boys Are Yes Yes Short film
2011 House of Tolerance Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 Die Frau Yes Short film
Ingrid Caven: Music and Voice Yes Yes
2014 Where Are You, Bertrand Bonello? (Où en êtes-vous, Bertrand Bonello?) Yes Yes Yes Short film[19]
Saint Laurent Yes Yes Yes Yes Libération journalist
Portrait of the Artist Yes Yes Bertrand
2016 Nocturama Yes Yes
Sarah Winchester: Ghost Opera Yes Yes Short film
2019 Zombi Child Yes Yes
2020 Où en êtes-vous? (Numéro 2) Yes Yes Yes Short film[20]
2022 Coma Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Dam Yes
2023 The Beast Yes Yes

Acting rolesEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
1996 Who I Am (Qui je suis) Pylade Bertrand Bonello
2003 Lapin intégral Steve Cécilia Rouaud Short film
2004 Le pont des Arts A spectator Eugène Green
2006 We Should Not Exist (On ne devrait pas exister) Bertrand Hervé P. Gustave
2012 Hand in Hand (Main dans la main) Prétendant Hélène Marchal Valérie Donzelli
2014 Saint Laurent Libération journalist Bertrand Bonello
2015 Portrait of the Artist Bertrand Antoine Barraud
2021 Titane Alexia's father Julia Ducournau

Awards and nominationsEdit

Berlin Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref
2022 Coma Encounters Award Nominated [10][17]
FIPRESCI Award Won [11]
Brussels International Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref
2019 Zombi Child Grand Prix Nominated [21]
Cannes Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref
2001 The Pornographer FIPRESCI Award–International Critics Week Won [3]
2003 Tiresia Palme d'Or Nominated [3]
2008 On War Directors' Fortnight–Europa Cinemas Award Nominated [22]
Directors' Fortnight–CICAE Award Nominated [3][22]
Directors' Fortnight–FIPRESCI Award Nominated [22]
Directors' Fortnight–Regards Jeune Award Nominated [22]
Directors' Fortnight–SACD Award Nominated [22]
2011 House of Tolerance Palme d'Or Nominated [3]
2014 Saint Laurent Palme d'Or Nominated [3]
Queer Palm Nominated [23]
2019 Zombi Child Queer Palm Nominated [24]
César Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref
2012 House of Tolerance Best Original Music Nominated [25]
2014 Saint Laurent Best Film Nominated [25]
Best Director Nominated [25]
Lumières Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref
2012 House of Tolerance Best Film Nominated [26]
Best Director Nominated [26]
Best Screenplay Nominated [26]
2015 Saint Laurent Best Director Nominated [27]
Best Screenplay Nominated [27]
2017 Nocturama Best Film Nominated [28]
Best Director Nominated [28]
Miami Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref
2009 On War Cutting the Edge Award Won [29]
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref
2014 Saint Laurent FIPRESCI Award Nominated [30]
Prix Henri-Langlois
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref
2012 House of Tolerance Coup de coeur Award Won [31]
Prix Louis-Delluc
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref
2014 Saint Laurent Best Film Nominated [32]
2016 Nocturama Best Film Nominated [33]
Toronto Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref
2016 Nocturama Platform Prize Nominated [34]

DecorationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Quandt, James (February 2004). "Flesh & Blood: Sex and violence in recent French cinema". ArtForum. Archived from the original on 2022-07-10. Retrieved 2022-07-21.
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  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Tiresia". Festival de Cannes. Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes 2011: Official Selection". Festival de Cannes. Archived from the original on 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
  6. ^ "Bertrand Bonello on Cinema". Crash Magazine. 25 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Festival de Cannes 2014: Official Selection". Festival de Cannes. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Saint Laurent". Académie des César (in French). Archived from the original on 5 July 2022. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  9. ^ "Oscars: France Selects 'Saint Laurent' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 3 October 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  10. ^ a b Pearce, Leonard (2 February 2022). "First Clips and Plot Details for Bertrand Bonello's Coma, Premiering at Berlinale". The Film Stage. Archived from the original on 7 February 2022. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  11. ^ a b "Two Silver Bears for French cinema at the 72nd Berlinale". UniFrance. 17 February 2022. Archived from the original on 23 May 2022. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  12. ^ Roos, Gautier (25 December 2021). "[INTERVIEW BERTRAND BONELLO] Le grand entretien chaos" [[INTERVIEW BERTRAND BONELLO] The Great Chaos Interview]. Chaos Reign (in French).
  13. ^ Tinoco, Francisca (16 May 2022). "Bertrand Bonello's sci-fi romance 'The Beast' to star Lea Seydoux and George MacKay". We Got This Covered.
  14. ^ "My New Picture". UniFrance. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  15. ^ "My New Picture [FR]". Cineuropa. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  16. ^ "L'Apollonide - Souvenirs de la Maison Close | Conversation entre Bertrand Bonello et Laure Adler". GNCR Groupement National des Cinémas de Recherche (in French). Archived from the original on 4 August 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  17. ^ a b c "Berlinale | Programme - Coma". Berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 15 March 2022. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  18. ^ Katz, David (15 February 2022). "Bertrand Bonello • Director of Coma". Cineuropa. Archived from the original on 22 June 2022. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  19. ^ "Où en êtes-vous, Bertrand Bonello?". Centre Pompidou. Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  20. ^ "Finite Rants". Fondazione Prada. Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  21. ^ "2e « Brussels International Film Festival » (« BRIFF »), du 20 au 29 Juin". Brussels Star (in French). 10 June 2019. Archived from the original on 21 July 2022. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  22. ^ a b c d e "Récompenses et nominations pour le film De la guerre". AlloCiné (in French). Archived from the original on 21 July 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  23. ^ "Cannes' Queer Palm Award Turns 5 This Year: Here's The 13 LGBT Films Competing For It". Indiewire. 14 May 2014. Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  24. ^ Bacot, Aurelien (14 May 2019). "Cannes 2019 : Céline Sciamma remporte la Queer Palm pour Portrait de la jeune fille en feu". Canal Plus (in French). Archived from the original on 21 July 2022. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
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  26. ^ a b c "Les Prix Lumières 2012 : la sélection". UniFrance (in French). 30 December 2011. Archived from the original on 14 April 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  27. ^ a b Lemercier, Fabien (12 January 2015). "Saint Laurent on top of nominations at the Lumières". Cineuropa. Archived from the original on 21 July 2022. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  28. ^ a b Lemercier, Fabien (16 December 2016). "Balanced nominations for the Lumières". Cineuropa. Archived from the original on 21 July 2022. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  29. ^ ""Foreign Land" and "Shakespeare Among Top Miami Fest Winners". Indiewire. 18 March 2009. Archived from the original on 16 April 2021. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  30. ^ "Palm Springs Film Fest Screens Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Nominees". Palm Springs Life. 2 December 2014. Archived from the original on 20 September 2021. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  31. ^ "Cinéma : Pierre Schoeller et Bertrand Bonello récompensés". Challenges.fr (in French). 1 February 2012. Archived from the original on 16 August 2022. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  32. ^ "Prix Louis-Delluc 2014 : le dernier Godard, Saint Laurent et Timbuktu candidats". AlloCiné (in French). 27 November 2014. Archived from the original on 21 July 2022. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  33. ^ "Prix Louis-Delluc 2016 : Frantz, Nocturama et L'Avenir parmi les 7 films sélectionnés". AlloCiné (in French). 10 November 2016. Archived from the original on 21 July 2022. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  34. ^ "TIFF 2016 Reveals Platform Line-Up With 'Jackie,' 'Nocturama,' 'Moonlight,' and More". The Film Stage. 11 August 2016. Archived from the original on 3 April 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  35. ^ "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres juillet 2015". Ministère de la culture et de la communication (in French). 4 September 2015. Archived from the original on 24 April 2016.

Further readingEdit

  • Bernard Stiegler, "Tirésias et la guerre du temps: Autour d'un film de Bertrand Bonello," De la misère symbolique: Tome 1. L'époque hyperindustrielle (Paris: Galilée, 2004): 163–85.

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