Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Highest Rated: 97% Two Days One Night (2014)

Lowest Rated: 60% Young Ahmed (2019)

Birthday: Apr 21, 1951

Birthplace: Engis, Prov. Liège, Belgium

The older half of Europe's most celebrated film-making sibling duo, Jean-Pierre Dardenne helped put Belgian cinema on the map alongside younger brother Luc thanks to a distinctive series of low-budget and starkly realistic films which gave a voice to those on the fringes of society, becoming one of the few directors to win the coveted Palme d'Or twice in the process. Born in the steel town of Seraing, Liege in 1951, Dardenne took an interest in political issues from a young age, regularly skipping school to attend strikes and rallies. Forbidden to watch television by his father while growing up, Dardenne then rebelled against his family aged 17 when he moved to Brussels to study acting, where he was taken under the wing of acclaimed playwright Armand Gatti. After serving as an assistant on several theater productions in the early 1970s, Dardenne then teamed up with his sibling to form a documentary production company, Derives, which would set the socially-conscious tone for their career. Having tackled everything from the Nazi resistance to Polish immigration in over 60 TV documentaries, the Dardennes switched their attention to fiction with "Falsch" (1987), an adaptation of Rene Kalisky's semi-autobiographical play, and "Je pense a vous" (1992), a relatively conventional tale of a steel worker who struggles to deal with the hardships of unemployment. But it was "La Promesse" (1996), an intensely personal story of a teenager forced to choose between his conscience and loyalty to his father, where the brothers first began to master their trademark blend of handheld camerawork, naturalistic lighting and everyday dialogue. Continuing to explore the world of the outsider, "Rosetta" (1999) not only saw the pair become the first ever Belgian filmmakers to win the Palme d'Or, but spurred on a change in their homeland's labor laws thanks to its depiction of a blue-collar worker's desperate search for a job. Ignoring any temptations their new-found international exposure might have offered, the duo stuck to their stripped-back approach for "Le fils" (2002), a meditation on the relationship between a grieving father and his son's murderer, and their second Palme d'Or winner, "L'Enfant" (2005), the story of a petty criminal whose life spirals out of control after selling his son. After contributing the "Dans l'Obscurite" segment to the "To Each His Own Cinema" (2007) anthology, the Dardennes then directed the tale of an Albanian immigrant who loses her moral compass when chasing her dream of opening a snack shop in "Lorna's Silence" (2008). Based on the true story of an abandoned Japanese boy, "The Kid With A Bike" (2011) saw the pair embrace a brighter aesthetic, fairy tale narrative and musical soundtrack for the first time, resulting in the highest-grossing hit of their career and a Golden Globe nomination to boot. But they then returned to more sobering fare with "Two Days, One Night" (2014), a timely drama about a woman who tries to convince her colleagues to give up their annual bonus in order to help save her job.

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Credit
60% 54% Young Ahmed Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$21.3K 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dear Son Producer - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Shoot Co-Producer - 2018
No Score Yet 83% The Elephant and the Butterfly Producer - 2017
93% 60% The Son of Joseph Producer $28.8K 2016
71% 47% The Unknown Girl Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Writer
$88.6K 2016
97% 76% Two Days One Night Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Writer
$1.3M 2014
No Score Yet 43% Wild Life Producer - 2014
No Score Yet 39% Je fais le mort Producer - 2013
No Score Yet 65% Marina Producer - 2013
91% 81% Beyond the Hills Producer $109.2K 2012
96% 76% The Kid with a Bike Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Writer
$20.5K 2011
86% 69% Lorna's Silence Director,
Writer,
Producer
$337.7K 2008
80% 82% The Ax Co-Producer - 2005
85% 72% L'Enfant Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 2005
88% 85% The Son Director,
Writer (Screenplay),
Producer
$65.6K 2002
90% 83% Rosetta Director,
Producer,
Writer
$261.5K 1999
95% 91% The Promise Director,
Writer
$454.7K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Je Pense à Vous Director - 1992

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