Julie Gavras

Julie Gavras is a French–Greek film director and screenwriter. She is best known for her film Blame It on Fidel (2006).[1]

Julie Gavras
Eléna Julie Gavras

Paris, France
Alma materUniversity of Paris II Panthéon-Assas
OccupationDirector, screenwriter
Years active1994–present

Life and careerEdit

After graduate studies in literature and law, Julie Gavras turned to cinema. Gavras started as an assistant director in Italy and France on commercials, television movies and feature films. She worked with directors as diverse as Robert Enrico, Claire Devers, Jacques Nolot, Alexandre Jardin, Camille de Casabianca, Roberto Faenza and Michele Soavi. She also worked with her father on his 2002 World War II drama Amen., on which she served as an assistant director.

In 1998, she directed a short film called Oh les beaux dimanches! produced in Marseille by Comic Strip. Two years later, she directed her first documentary, From Dawn to Night: Songs by Moroccan Women. It was based on a play by Alain Weber mounted at the Bouffes du Nord theater in Paris during the Festival d'Automne. It was broadcast on Arte. In 2002, her second documentary film was released theatrically in France: The Pirate, the Wizard, the Thief and the Children. The film looks at a class of nine-year-olds who make a film at school.

Her first fiction feature film, Blame It on Fidel, premiered at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2006.[2] It was followed by Late Bloomers, a romantic comedy film starring Isabella Rossellini and William Hurt, which was screened at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.[3]


Year Film Role(s)
2002 The Pirate, the Wizard, the Thief and the Children Director, cinematographer
2006 Blame It on Fidel Director, writer
2011 Late Bloomers Director, writer
2018 Les Bonnes Conditions Director, writer, cinematographer


  1. ^ Robinson, Tasha (September 28, 2007). "Child's view softens 'Fidel' biases". Chicago Tribune.
  2. ^ Nesselson, Lisa (September 14, 2006). "Review: 'Blame It on Fidel'". Variety.
  3. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (March 9, 2011). "Gaumont inks Olive deal". Variety.

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