Bruno dumont

Bruno Dumont (born 1958, Bailleul, France) is a French film director. To date, he has directed seven feature films, all of which border somewhere between realistic drama and the avant-garde. His films have won several awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Two of Dumont's films have won the Grand Prix award: both L'Humanité (1999)[1] and Flandres (2006).[2] Dumont's Hadewijch won the 2009 Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival, and will be distributed in France in 2009, and by IFC in the U.S. in 2010.

Life and career

Dumont has a background of Greek and German (Western) philosophy, and of corporate video.[3] His films often show the ugliness of extreme violence and provocative sexual behavior, and are usually classified as art films. Dumont has himself likened his films to visual arts, and he typically uses long takes, close-ups of people's bodies, and story lines involving extreme emotions. Dumont does not write traditional scripts for his films. Instead, he writes complete novels which are then the basis for his filmmaking.

He says that some of his favorite filmmakers are Stanley Kubrick, Ingmar Bergman, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Rossellini, and Abbas Kiarostami. He is frequently considered an artistic heir to Robert Bresson.

His—extremely divisive—work has been connected to a recent French cinéma du corps/cinema of the body, encompassing contemporary films by Claire Denis, Marina de Van, Gaspar Noé, Diane Bertrand, and Francois Ozon, among others. According to Tim Palmer, this trajectory includes a focus on states of corporeality in and of themselves, independent of narrative exposition or character psychology.[4] In a more pejorative vein, James Quandt has also talked some of this group of filmmakers, as the so-called New French Extremity.[5]

His 2011 film Outside Satan premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[6][7] His 2013 film Camille Claudel 1915 premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.[8]


Feature films

Short films

  • Paris (1993)
  • Marie et Freddy / Marie and Freddy (1994)

DVD Releases

  • La vie de Jésus - Director-approved Masters of Cinema Series edition - Released in the UK 21 July 2008

Official website: MoC Series website for 'La vie de Jésus'


External links

  • Official site
  • IMDb entry
  • Flandres official site
  • Twentynine Palms official site
  • Masters of Cinema article

Interviews and articles

  • Kinok 14 September 2003
  • Film de Culte (french)
  • Village Voice 30 March 2004
  • Cineuropa 23 May 2006
  • Fluctuat 1 March 2012 (french)
  • Premiere 28 August 2006 (french)
  • Telerama 2 September 2006 (french)
  • DVDrama 24 September 2006 (french)
  • Film de Culte September 2006 (french)
  • Photos of Bruno Dumont from The San Sebastian Film Festival, October 2009

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