Claire Denis

Actor / Film Director / Screenwriter | * 04/21/1946 (75) | Paris (France)
Claire Denis (French: [dəni]; born 21 April 1946) is a French film director and writer. Her feature film Beau Travail (1999) has been called one of the greatest films of the 1990s. Other acclaimed works include Trouble Every Day (2001), 35 Shots of Rum (2008), White Material (2009) and High Life (2018). Her work has dealt with themes of colonial and post-colonial West Africa, as well as issues in modern France, and continues to influence European cinematic identity. ()
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Claire Denis (French: [dəni]; born 21 April 1946 in Paris) is a French auteur film director and writer. Denis is widely regarded as one of the strongest female voices in contemporary world cinema. Her film Beau Travail (1999) is considered a modern masterpiece and one of the greatest female-directed films in the history of cinema. Other acclaimed works include Trouble Every Day (2001), 35 Shots of Rum (2008), White Material (2009) and High Life (2018). Her work has had a lasting impact on European cinematic identity and has dealt with themes of colonial and post-colonial West Africa, as well as issues in modern France. She is known for her elliptical shooting style and the nonverbal interactions between her protagonists, which she is showing in many close-ups that remain relentlessly on the faces and bodies of her actors. The subject's body in space, and how the particular terrain, weather, and color of the landscape influences and interacts with the human subjects of her films maintains cinematic dominance. She started her film career by working as the assistant director for acclaimed filmmakers Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch in Paris, Texas (1984), Down by Law (1986) and Wings of Desire (1987). Denis was born in Paris, but raised in colonial French Africa, where she spent her childhood living in West Africa with her parents and her younger sister. Her father was a civil servant, living in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, French Somaliland, and Senegal. It has been a strong influence on her films, which have dealt with themes of colonialism and post-colonialism in Africa. Growing up there, Denis used to watch the old and damaged copies of war films sent from the United States. Because her parents wanted their children to finish their education in France, she moved with her mother and sister to a Parisian suburb at the age of 14, a country that she hardly knew at all. Denis initially studied economics, but later studied at the IDHEC, the French film school, where she graduated. Since 2002, she has been a Professor of Film at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Documentaries | Romance / Love

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Movies with Claire Denis as Actress(11)

as Self (archive sound)2020 Wim Wenders, Desperado
as Narrator2015 The Breidjing Camp
as herself2013 Trespassing Bergman
as Herself (Cameo appearance)2002 Purely Coincidental
as La cliente asmathique1999 Venus Beauty Institute
as Alice's Mother1995 To Have (Or Not)
as Self (uncredited)1994 Jacques Rivette, le Veilleur
as herself1993 Talking with Ozu

Movies with Claire Denis as Crew(60)

Directing/Director2021 The Stars at Noon
Writing/Screenplay2021 The Stars at Noon
Directing/Director2021 Fire
Writing/Writer2021 Fire
Directing/Director2018 High Life
Writing/Screenplay2018 High Life
Directing/Director2017 Let the Sunshine In
Writing/Screenplay2017 Let the Sunshine In
Directing/Director2015 The Breidjing Camp
Writing/Writer2015 The Breidjing Camp
Directing/Director2014 Voilà l'enchaînement
Directing/Director2014 Contact
Directing/Director2013 Venice 70: Future Reloaded
Directing/Director2013 Bastards
Writing/Screenplay2013 Bastards
Directing/Director2011 To the Devil
Directing/Director2010 White Material
Writing/Screenplay2010 White Material
Directing/Director2009 35 Shots of Rum
Writing/Writer2009 35 Shots of Rum
Directing/Director2005 Towards Mathilde
Directing/Director2005 The Intruder
Writing/Writer2005 The Intruder
Directing/Director2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Cello
Writing/Screenplay2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Cello
Directing/Director2002 Friday Night
Writing/Screenplay2002 Friday Night
Directing/Director2001 Trouble Every Day
Writing/Writer2001 Trouble Every Day
Directing/Director1999 Beau Travail
Writing/Screenplay1999 Beau Travail
Writing/Writer1999 The City
Directing/Co-Director1997 We, France's Undocumented Immigrants
Directing/Director1997 Nenette and Boni
Writing/Writer1997 Nenette and Boni
Directing/Director1995 À propos de Nice, la suite
Crew/Thanks1995 The Corridor
Directing/Director1994 Jacques Rivette, le Veilleur
Directing/Director1994 U.S. Go Home
Writing/Writer1994 U.S. Go Home
Directing/Director1994 I Can't Sleep
Writing/Screenplay1994 I Can't Sleep
Directing/Director1993 La robe à cerceau
Directing/Director1991 Lest We Forget
Directing/Director1991 Keep It for Yourself
Writing/Story1991 Keep It for Yourself
Directing/Director1991 Figaro Story
Writing/Story1991 Figaro Story
Directing/Director1990 No Fear, No Die
Writing/Writer1990 No Fear, No Die
Directing/Director1989 Man No Run
Directing/Director1988 Chocolat
Writing/Writer1988 Chocolat
Directing/First Assistant Director1987 Wings of Desire
Directing/Assistant Director1986 Down by Law
Production/Casting1986 The Sacrifice
Directing/Assistant Director1984 Paris, Texas
Directing/First Assistant Director1976 Surreal Estate
Directing/Second Assistant Director1974 Sweet Movie

Full Name: Claire Denis
Citizenship: France
Born: Sunday, 04/21 1946 (April) in Paris (France) (current age: 75 years + 101 days)
Zodiac sign: Taurus (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Languages: German (DE), French (FR)
Educated at: Institut des hautes études cinématographiques
Employer: European Graduate School
Claire Denis frequently works together with these people:
Agnès Godard (21x, Crew)
Alex Descas (11x, Actor)
Jean-Pol Fargeau (10x, Crew)
Stuart Staples (9x, Crew)
Tindersticks (9x, Crew)
Grégoire Colin (9x, Actor)
Wim Wenders (8x, Crew)
Nelly Quettier (7x, Crew)
Romain Goupil (6x, Crew)
Dominique Auvray (6x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:8714, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 07/04/2021