Jean-Jacques Beineix  

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Jean-Jacques Beineix (born October 8, 1946) is a French film director.


In 1964, Jean-Jacques Beineix started his career as Jean Becker’s assistant director on the famous French TV series, Les saintes chéries until the end of 1967. Then, in 1970 he worked for Claude Berri and in 1971 for Claude Zidi. In 1977, he directed his first short movie Le Chien de M. Michel which won the first prize at the Trouville Festival. In 1980, he directed his first feature film DIVA which received four César Award in 1982 follwed by Moon in the Gutter. This movie was nominated at Cannes Festival in 1983. In 1986, Jean-Jacques Beineix directed Betty Blue (Le 37°2 le matin) with Beatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade. This film was nominated to the best foreign movie Oscar. He directed Roselyne et les lions in 1989, IP5: L'île aux pachydermes in 1992 and Mortel Transfar in 2001. In Fall 2006 he published the first volume of his autobiography, Les Chantiers de la gloire. (Publishing in French only) This title clearly alludes to the French title of Stanley Kubrick’s film, Les Sentiers de la gloire (Paths of Glory).

Jean-Jacques Beineix created his own production company in 1984, Cargo Films, in order to keep artistic independence. Betty Blue (37°2 le matin) was his first film produced by Cargo Films. Jean-Jacques Beineix is executive producer of all films produced by Cargo Films. The company produces feature films and documentaries on a wide variety of themes from science to art, to women’s rights to social problems. Several films have been made in partnership with national scientific organization such as CNES and CNRS.

In 2008, Jean-Jacques Beineix directed a corporate film of CNRS, 2 infinities (L2i). This film was presented at the New York Imagine science film Festival in October 2008.


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