Claire Denis

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Claire Denis at the screening of her film White Material at the 66th Venice Film Festival 2009

Claire Denis (born April 21, 1946 or April 21, 1948 in Paris ) is a French film director and screenwriter as well as a professor at La fémis in Paris.

Life and accomplishments

Denis grew up as the daughter of a French colonial official, partly in Africa in Cameroon , Burkina Faso and Djibouti . In 1972 she graduated from the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC) with a diploma. In the following years, Denis was, among other things, assistant to Wim Wenders before she shot her first own film Chocolat - Verbotene Sehnsucht in 1988 .

In 2019 she was selected as the jury president of the short film competition and the Cinéfondation sections at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival .


Nénette und Boni was awarded the Golden Leopard in 1996. Her film The Foreign Legionnaire wasawarded the Louve d'or in Montréal in 1999andthe prize for best directorat the Geneva Festival Tout écran . In both films, the main male role is played by Grégoire Colin , who is one of Denis' favorite actors.

In 2009, Denis received an invitation to compete at the 66th Venice Film Festival for her film White Material - Land in Aufruhr . In 2011 she was awarded the Berlin Art Prize of the Academy of the Arts .

In 2016 Denis was the first woman to be awarded the Cologne Film Prize. The prize is awarded during the Film Festival Cologne .

In 2018 she received the FIPRESCI Prize for High Life at the San Sebastián International Film Festival .


Director (feature films)

Directing (short films)

  • 1991: Keep It for Yourself
  • 1991: Pour Ushari Ahmed Mahmoud, Soudan - Episode in Amnesty International - Writing against oblivion (Contre l'oubli)
  • 1993: La robe à cerceau - part of the television series Monologues
  • 1995: Nice, Very Nice - Episode in A propos de Nice - How it went on (A propos de Nice, la suite)
  • 2002: Vers Nancy - episode in Ten Minutes Older: The Cello
  • 2011: To the Devil


  • 1999: El Medina - The City (El Medina) - Director: Yousry Nasrallah

Claire Denis has also written the script for all of her feature films and for the short films Keep It for Yourself , La robe à cerceau and Vers Nancy .

Web links

Commons : Claire Denis  - collection of images


  • Michael Omasta, Isabella Reicher (eds.), Claire Denis. Trouble Every Day , FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen, Vienna 2006, ISBN 3-901644-15-6

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Claire Denis, President of the Short Films & Cinéfondation Jury . In:, April 5, 2019 (accessed April 8, 2019).
  2. cf. Great Art Prize Berlin to Claire Denis at, January 26, 2011 (accessed January 27, 2011)
  3. ^ Jochen Müller: Claire Denis receives the Cologne Film Prize. In: Blickpunkt Film. mediabiz GmbH, September 9, 2016, accessed on October 15, 2019 .
  4. Claire Denis Awards. In: IMDb. Retrieved October 15, 2019 .