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Emmanuel Carrère (born 9 December 1957) is a French author, screenwriter and film director.

Emmanuel Carrère
at salon du livre, 2009
at salon du livre, 2009
Born (1957-12-09) 9 December 1957 (age 61)
Alma materInstitut d'Études Politiques de Paris



He is the son of Louis Édouard Carrère, often known as Louis Carrère d'Encausse, after his mother, the historian and Académie française member,[1] Hélène Carrère d'Encausse. He is also a cousin of the philosopher François Zourabichvili.

Carrère studied at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (better known as Sciences Po). Much of his writing, both fiction and nonfiction, centers around the primary themes of the interrogation of identity, the development of illusion and the direction of reality. He has also been an important reference for the "autofiction" movement in English, as he has "excelled at creating narratives that range freely between genres."[2] Several of his books have been made into films, and he directed the film adaptation of his novel La Moustache. He was the president of the jury of the book Inter 2003.

He was a member of the International jury at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[3] He was a member of the jury for the Cinéfoundation and Short Films sections of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[4]

In 2015, he was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. The festival was chaired by Alfonso Cuarón.

In January 2019, the conservative Catholic website Church Militant charged that passages from Carrère's The Kingdom assigned to students at Franciscan University of Steubenville by an English professor were "blasphemous and pornographic". The university's president removed the professor from his position as head of the English Department and apologized to "our Blessed Mother and her Son, and to anyone who has been scandalized by this incident".[5][6]


  • Werner Herzog. Ediling, Paris 1982, ISBN 2-85601-017-2. About the director of the same name.
  • Amie du jaguar (The Jaguar's Friend) (1983)
  • Bravoure (Bravery, translated as Gothic Romance) (1984)
  • Le Détroit de Behring. P.O.L., Paris 1986 (Engl.: The Behring Strait) (German: Kleopatras Nase. Kleine Geschichte der Uchronie. Gatza, Berlin 1993.)
  • La Moustache (published in English as The Mustache) (1986)
  • Hors d'atteinte (Out of Reach) (1988)
  • Je suis vivant et vous êtes morts (I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick) (1993), a fictionalized biography of Philip K. Dick.
  • La Classe de neige (Class Trip) (1995). Winner of the Prix Fémina, adapted in 1998 as the Claude Miller film of the same name.
  • L'Adversaire (The Adversary) (2000), nonfictional account of the life of the murderer Jean-Claude Romand, after the author corresponded with the criminal in jail (1993), and watched his trial (1996). In 2002, L'Adversaire was adapted into the film of the same name by director Nicole Garcia.
  • Un roman russe (A Russian Novel) (2007)
  • Other Lives But Mine (UK) (Lives Other Than My Own US) (D'autres vies que la mienne, 2009)
  • Limonov (2011), a biography of Eduard Limonov
  • Le royaume (The Kingdom) (2014)[7]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Title unknown, L'Intermédiaire des chercheurs et curieux 486–496 (1992), p. 77.
  2. ^ Elkin, Lauren. "They were like us and we were like them." The New Inquiry, 20 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: Cannes Lineup". hollywoodreporter. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  4. ^ "The Jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Films". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Amid Curriculum Controversy, Franciscan University President Calls for Unity". National Catholic Register. Catholic News Agency. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  6. ^ Flaherty, Colleen (15 January 2019). "Banning a Book, in the Name of 'True Academic Freedom'". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  7. ^ Wood, James (3 July 2017). "The Radical Origins of Christianity". The New Yorker. Retrieved 9 April 2019.

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