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Thomas Balmès

Thomas Balmès has been working as an independent director and producer of nonfiction films, specializing in international co-productions, since 1992. His initial projects included studies of filmmakers James Ivory and Michelangelo Antonioni. Mr. Balmès directed his first film in 1996; BOSNIA HOTEL was the story of U.N. Kenyan peacekeepers in Bosnia. This was followed by MAHARAJAH BURGER; MAD COWS; HOLY COWS, about the mad cow crisis as seen from the Indian perspective; and THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE PAPUANS (2000). The latter, tracking the conversion to Christianity of a Papuan Chief, was honored with the Silver Spire Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. He directed a sequel in Papua the following year, WAITING FOR JESUS. A Decent Factory, the story of a Nokia executive who inspects a mobile phone factory in China, was screened at more than 50 film festivals and received many honors, including a Europa Award. The film was released theatrically in the U.S. in 2005. DAMAGES, A.K.A. HOW MUCH IS YOUR LIFE WORTH?, was filmed at a Connecticut law firm specializing in personal injury cases, and was co-produced by 15 countries and broadcast worldwide. Mr. Balmès initiated a series for national Japanese television, TOKYO MODERN; and produced A NORMAL LIFE - CHRONICLE OF A YOUNG SUMO WRESTLER, directed by Jill Coulon, which screened at Amsterdam's 2009 International Documentary Film Festival. He is regularly invited to conduct lectures and master classes in France; and abroad, such as at the 2008 Lisbon International Film Festival, and at Brown University and the Watson Institute in 2009.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Happiness
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet A Normal Life. Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler
  • Producer
2013
68% Babies
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2010
57% Decent Factory: Made in China
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2005

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter

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