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Gilles Bourdos (born 1963) is a French film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his atmospheric cinema, which uses troubling themes in contrast with strong aesthetic imagery. He was one of the founders of the French production company Persona Films which produced most of his early work.[1][2] Bourdos often collaborates with filmmaker Michel Spinosa, cinematographer Mark Lee Ping Bin and musician Alexandre Desplat.

Gilles Bourdos
Gilles Bourdos 2011.jpg
Bourdos in 2011
Born1963 (age 55–56)
Nice, France
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, producer
Years active1989–present

Life and careerEdit

Bourdos, who was born in Nice, France, made his feature film début at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival with Disparus (1998), a political thriller and love triangle during the Surrealist movement in Paris in 1938.[3] His second critically acclaimed feature, Inquietudes (2003), is based on the Ruth Rendell novel A Sight for Sore Eyes and stars Gregoire Colin and Julie Ordon.[4][5] His first English language film, Afterwards (2008), featured Evangeline Lilly, John Malkovich, and Romain Duris, and was based on the French bestseller Et Après... by Guillaume Musso.[6][7]

His widely acclaimed 2012 film Renoir competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[8][9] The film tells the forgotten story of Andree Heuschling, also known as Catherine Hessling, who was the last model of the impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the first actor in the films of his son, the director Jean Renoir. The story is set in the south of France during World War I. The film stars Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, and Vincent Rottiers. Renoir was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.[10][11][12]


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Producer
1986 Un Cadeau de noël Yes Short
1988 La Rue ouverte Yes Short
1989 L'Eternelle idole Yes Yes Short
1990 La Jeune fille et la mort Yes Short
1993 Relache Yes Yes Short
1994 Emmène-moi Yes Yes
1996 Mirek n'est pas parti Yes
1997 Un frère Yes
1998 Disparus Yes Yes Yes
2003 Inquiétudes Yes Yes
2008 Afterwards Yes Yes
2012 Renoir Yes Yes Nominated—Cannes Film Festival - Prix Un certain regard
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Film
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Director
2016 Espèces menacées Yes Yes


  1. ^ Retrieved on 7-11-2008
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Retrieved on 7-11-2008
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-07-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Retrieved on 7-11-2008
  7. ^ Retrieved on 7-11-2008
  8. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  9. ^ Pulver, Andrew (2012-04-30). "Cannes 2012: seven films join the lineup". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  10. ^ "Renoir représentera la France aux Oscars 2014". L'Express. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  11. ^ Richford, Rhonda (2013-09-16). "Oscars: France Nominates 'Renoir' in Foreign Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  12. ^ "Renoir biopic to be France's official Oscars submission". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-09-17.

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