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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 9, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Belgium Profession: director, screenwriter, clown, theater producer

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A former circus clown and children's theater producer, Jaco Van Dormael turned to filmmaking in the early 1980s, writing and directing a series of internationally award-winning shorts, documentaries and promotional films. In 1991, he made his feature film debut with the highly original "Toto le Heroes/Toto the Hero" (1991), a poignant, impressionistic chronicle that used a child's sensibilities and feelings to trace the life of an angry, disappointed man from birth to death and beyond. The film won the Camera d'Or prize for best first film at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. He then solidified his position as an important director with "Le Huitieme jour/The Eighth Day" (1996), starring Daniel Auteuil as a harried executive whose life is changed through his encounter with a man with Downs Syndrome.

A former circus clown and children's theater producer, Jaco Van Dormael turned to filmmaking in the early 1980s, writing and directing a series of internationally award-winning shorts, documentaries and promotional films. In 1991, he made his feature film debut with the highly original "Toto le Heroes/Toto the Hero" (1991), a poignant, impressionistic chronicle that used a child's sensibilities and feelings to trace the life of an angry, disappointed man from birth to death and beyond. The film won the Camera d'Or prize for best first film at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. He then solidified his position as an important director with "Le Huitieme jour/The Eighth Day" (1996), starring Daniel Auteuil as a harried executive whose life is changed through his encounter with a man with Downs Syndrome.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Mr. Nobody (2009)
3.
  Lumiere Et Compagnie (1996) Featured Director
4.
  Eighth Day, The (1996) Director
5.
  Toto the Hero (1991) Director
6.
  Boot, De (1985) Director
7.
  E Pericoloso Sporgersi (1984) Director
8.
  Sortie de Secours (1983) Director
9.
  Imitateur, L' (1982) Director
10.
  Stade (1981) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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1975:
Worked as circus clown with the Big Flying Circus in Belgium
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Became a producer of children's entertainment with the Theatre de Galafronie, Theatre Isocele and Theatre de la Guimbarde
1980:
Began directing and writing fictional shorts, documentaries and promotional films
1980:
Directed first fiction short, "Maedli la Breche", an 18-minute film for children
1991:
First feature film, "Toto the Hero"
1992:
Wrote screenplay for "Heaven and Earth"
1996:
Directed "Le Huitieme Jour/The Eighth Day"
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Education

Ecole de Vaugirard: -
INSAS Institute: -

Notes

"I myself constantly have the feeling that nothing is happening, that life has no meaning and is going nowhere. This is precisely why I chose to become a filmmaker--so I could tell myself stories and make them exist, and be successful in organising reality." --Jaco Van Dormael quoted in press material for "Toto les Heroes"

"I'd be happy if, on leaving the film ['Le Huitieme jour'], the audience were to board a bus, see a person with Down's syndrome there and say, 'Great, a person with Down's syndrome'. On the set, their presence was a joy." --Jaco Van Dormael

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brother:
Pierre Van Dormael. Composer. Wrote the score for "Toto le Heros" (1991).

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