Jean-Jacques Annaud

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Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1998

Jean-Jacques Annaud (born October 1, 1943 in Draveil , France ) is a French director .


He began his career directing television commercials in the late 1960s to early 1970s. In his first feature film, Sehnsucht nach Afrika ( Longing for Africa) from 1976, he processed experiences that he had made during his time as a development aid worker in Cameroon in the early 1960s . The film won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film .

The next but one film, In the Beginning Was Fire , received two Césars for best film and best director. With this film Annaud established himself as a director of films that are difficult to categorize. He further consolidated his reputation as an unconventional director with other works: These include the literary film adaptation of The Name of the Rose with Sean Connery and Christian Slater based on the book by Umberto Eco , the film of the same name with Jane March based on Marguerite Duras ' novel The Lover and The bear with two bears and Tchéky Karyo .

For his 1997 film, Seven Years in Tibet , a film adaptation of Heinrich Harrer's life , he - like the main characters - was initially banned from entering China for life; However , he was able to shoot the film The Last Wolf , released in 2015, in Inner Mongolia without any further requirements from the Chinese censorship authorities.

In 2007 Annaud was elected to succeed Gérard Oury in the Académie des Beaux-Arts . In 2018 he made his series debut with the ten-part miniseries The Truth About the Harry Quebert Case .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Deutschlandfunk , Informations am Morgen , February 13, 2015, Ruth Kirchner, Jean-Jacques Annauds neue Freiheit in China
  2. ^ Dpa, Andreas Landwehr , February 9, 2015, Director Annaud and the beauty of nature