Gaspar Noé (Spanish: [gasˈpaɾ noˈe]; French: [ɡas.paʁ nɔ.e]; born 27 December 1963) is an Argentine independent filmmaker based in Paris, France.[1][2] He is the son of Argentine painter, writer, and intellectual Luis Felipe Noé.[3] He has directed seven feature films: I Stand Alone (1998), Irréversible (2002), Enter the Void (2009), Love (2015), Climax (2018), Lux Æterna (2019), and Vortex (2021).

Gaspar Noé
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Born (1963-12-27) 27 December 1963 (age 58)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • film editor
  • cinematographer
  • film producer
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Lucile Hadžihalilović

Early lifeEdit

Noé was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His father Luis Felipe Noé is of Spanish, Italian, and French-Basque descent while his mother, Nora Murphy is of Irish and Spanish descent. He has a sister named Paula. He lived in New York City for one year[when?] as a child, and his family emigrated to France in 1976, to avoid the tense, dangerous political situation in Argentina at the time. Noé graduated from Louis Lumière College in France.[when?]


His work has been strongly associated with a series of films defined as the cinéma du corps/cinema of the body, which according to Tim Palmer share an attenuated use of narrative, generally assaulting and often illegible cinematography, confrontational subject material, a treatment of sexual behavior as violent rather than mutually intimate, and a pervasive sense of social nihilism or despair.[4]

Noé often breaks the fourth wall by directly addressing the audience through the use of confronting, and sometimes strobing, typography that aims to "disrupt and disturb" the viewer, similar to the typographical methods practised by Jean-Luc Godard.[5]


Three of his films feature the character of a nameless butcher played by Philippe Nahon: Carne, I Stand Alone and, in a cameo, Irréversible.

Two of his films, Irréversible and Climax, who was composed by Thomas Bangalter.


The films of Stanley Kubrick are one source of inspiration for Noé, and he occasionally makes references to them in his own works. Noé stated in the September 2012 edition of Sight & Sound magazine that seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey at the age of seven changed his life, without which experience he would never have become a director.[6]

Noé also cites the 1983 Austrian serial killer film, Angst, by Gerald Kargl, as a major influence.[7]


His trademarks from films are known for Noe's cameos, dizziness visuals, experimenting camera movements, strobing lights and text, long takes, almost casting amateur and non-actors, unsimulated sex scenes, controversially extreme violence, divisive subject matter, opening "end" credits, and unique split-screen.

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to filmmaker Lucile Hadžihalilović.[8] Although his professional career and residence are in France, he does not possess French citizenship.[9]

Noé suffered a near fatal brain hemorrhage in early 2020, which partly inspired the plot of his film Vortex.[10]


Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Producer Editor
1998 I Stand Alone Yes Yes Yes Yes
2002 Irréversible Yes Yes No Yes
2009 Enter the Void Yes Yes No Yes
2015 Love Yes Yes Yes Yes
2018 Climax Yes Yes No Yes
2019 Lux Æterna Yes Yes Yes No
2021 Vortex Yes Yes No No

Short filmsEdit

  • Tintarella di luna (1985)
  • Pulpe amère (1987)
  • Carne (1991)
  • Une expérience d'hypnose télévisuelle (1995)
  • Sodomites (1998)
  • We Fuck Alone (1998) segment of Destricted
  • Intoxication (2002)
  • Eva (2005)
  • SIDA (2008) segment of 8
  • Ritual (2012) segment of 7 Days in Havana
  • Shoot (2014) segment of Short Plays

Music videosEdit

Other production creditsEdit

Year Title Credit
1985 El exilio de Gardel (Tangos) Assistant Director
1988 Sur
1996 La Bouche de Jean-Pierre Cinematographer
1998 Good Boys Use Condoms Camera Operator

In 2013, Noé shot the cover art for American singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira's debut album Night Time, My Time.


Regarding most of his films with the exception of I Stand Alone and Vortex, were more polarizing or controversial due to its heavily portrayal of graphic violence and sexual content as more audiences were leaving the theater in disgust, and his career gradually turns diluted. Noé stated jokingly: "I must be doing something wrong. I have to take a long holiday and rethink my career."[11]

As a result of return to form for Noe, Vortex became Noe's first film to earn a "Certain Fresh" from Rotten Tomatoes.


Year Award Category Title Result
1991 Avignon Film Festival Prix Tournage Carne Won
Cannes Film Festival SACD Award Won
1992 Fantasporto Best Film Nominated
1994 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival Minami Toshiko Award / Critic's Award Won[12]
1998 Cannes Film Festival Mercedes-Benz Award I Stand Alone Won
Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film Golden Bayard Nominated
Molodist International Film Festival Best Full-Length Fiction Film Nominated
Sitges Film Festival Best Film Nominated
Sarajevo Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize Won
Sitges Film Festival Best Screenplay Won
Stockholm Film Festival Bronze Horse Nominated
1999 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema Best Film Nominated
2001 Boston Underground Film Festival Best of Festival Won
2002 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Irréversible Nominated
Stockholm Film Festival Bronze Horse Won
2004 Bodil Awards Best Non-American Film Nominated
2009 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Enter the Void Nominated
Sitges Film Festival Special Prize of the Jury Won
Best Film Nominated
2018 Cannes Film Festival Art Cinema Award Climax Won
Sitges Film Festival Best Film Won
2022 Dublin International Film Festival Best Film Vortex Won
San Sebastián International Film Festival Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Prize Won
Ghent International Film Festival Grand Prix for Best Film Won
International Istanbul Film Festival Golden Tulip for Best Film / FIPRESCI Prize Won


  1. ^ Ransome, Noel (28 February 2019). "French Director Gaspar Noé on America's Fear of the Penis". Vice. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Exclusive Q&A: Director Gaspar Noe's View of The Cusp of Death As Detailed in Enter The Void". Huffington Post. 31 October 2010.
  3. ^ PremiereFR (7 May 2010). "Enter the Void : Gaspar Noé réagit aux critiques" (Video upload). Youtube. Google, Inc. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  4. ^ Palmer, Tim (2011). Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema, Wesleyan University Press, Middleton CT. ISBN 0-8195-6827-9.
  5. ^ "A soul drifting in neon limbo". Eye Magazine. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  6. ^ "The 2012 Sight & Sound Directors' Top Ten". Sight & Sound: 69. September 2012. unknown ID 9-770037-480090. Archived from the original on 11 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Gasper Noe - Part 3". Vice. 13 October 2010. Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  8. ^ "The Auteurs: Gaspar Noé". Cinema Axis. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  9. ^ Leigh, Danny (13 November 2015). "Interview: Gaspar Noé". Financial Times. Retrieved 20 November 2021. Noé still doesn’t have a French passport but after his parents fled the Argentine junta when he was 13, he finds real meaning in his adopted country’s free speech
  10. ^ Zigler, Brianna (27 September 2021). "Vortex is an Absorbing, Despairing Portrait of Aging". Paste. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Gaspar Noé: 'Six people walked out of Climax? No! I usually have 25%'". the Guardian. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  12. ^ "YUBARI INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL'94". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2009.

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