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Katell Quillévéré (born 30 January 1980) is a French film director and screenwriter, known for directing the films Love Like Poison (2010) and Suzanne (2013).[1] In 2015 she was selected to be a member of the jury for the International Critics' Week section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Katell Quillévéré
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Quillévéré (centre) with Adèle Haenel and Paul Hamy at the 39th César Awards ceremony
Born (1980-01-30) 30 January 1980 (age 39)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active2003–present

She is the daughter of an IT worker and science teacher and until the age of 5 was brought up in the Ivory Coast. She comes from a Breton family from Finistère.[3][4]

Her family returned to Paris and after studying at the Lycée Fénelon, chose a career in cinema. Failing to get a place at la Fémis the French national film school she took a Diplôme d'études approfondies (DEA) at the l'université Paris-VIII where she also studied philosophy. During this time she met her partner another director-to-be Hélier Cisterne.[5]

With Sébastien Bailly she set up the Festival du cinéma at Brive dedicated to medium length films. She made a series of short films, the first was À bras le corps in 2005 which was selected for the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at Cannes and nominated for a César. She then made L'Imprudence in 2007 and L’Échappée in 2009.[6]

Her first feature Un Poison violent (Love like Poison) was set in Brittany and was the story of a young adolescent girl torn between family loyalties, her religious beliefs and the changes from girl to woman. It won the Jean Vigo prize.[7] Her second feature Suzanne was about a young woman living a normal life whose world is disturbed by a romance with a troubled man that takes her into a life on the wrong side of the tracks. It was shown at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and received good reviews with Le Monde's critic describing her as treading in the steps of Maurice Pialat.[8] In 2016 she released Réparer le vivants , Heal the Living which again received a César nomination.



Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
2003 Dehors Yes Short film
2005 À bras le corps Yes Yes Short film
2007 L'Imprudence Yes Yes Short film
2009 L'Échappée Yes Yes Short film
2010 Love Like Poison Yes Yes Prix Jean Vigo
Nominated—2010 Cannes Film Festival-Caméra d'Or
2013 Suzanne Yes Yes Thessaloniki Film Festival - Special Jury Award
Nominated—César Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Film
2013 Vandal Yes
2016 Heal the Living Yes Yes Nominated—César Award for Best Adaptation

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  1. ^ "Katell Quillevere: 'Destiny Really Fascinates me'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  2. ^ "Ronit Elkabetz, President of the 2015 International Critics' Week Jury". Semaine de la Critique de Cannes. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  3. ^ Coupez/Didier/Fouque eds (2013). 9782721006318. France: Éditions des femmes. pp. 3402–3403. ISBN 9782721006318.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Elle était une foi en Bretagne". Libé (in French). Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  5. ^ "Le tag parfait". Libé (in French). Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  6. ^ Coupez/Didier/Fouque/Calle-Gruber eds (2013). Le dictionnaire universel des créatrices. Éditions des femmes. pp. 3402–3403. ISBN 9782721006318.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ ""Un poison violent" : la soif d'absolu au milieu des troubles de l'adolescence". La Croix (in French). 2010-08-03. ISSN 0242-6056. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  8. ^ Gallot, Clémentine (2013-12-13). "Katell Quillévéré, 33 ans, dans les pas de Pialat". Le (in French). ISSN 1950-6244. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  9. ^ "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres juillet 2015 - Ministère de la Culture". Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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