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Also Known As: Jean Jacques Annaud Died:
Born: October 1, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: France Profession: director, screenwriter, producer

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Pioneering French director Jean-Jacques Annaud has often seemed as much anthropologist as filmmaker, taking great pains to faithfully create the disparate cultures that have driven his films. Time after time he has depicted the conflict that occurs when one culture bumps up against another and the resultant emotional transformations that arise from these clashes. His globetrotting has taken him from Vietnam (where he became the first non-Asian in 50 years to shoot anything but live ammunition) to the Andes (substituting for the Himalayas), the Canadian Rockies (standing in for the Andes) to colonial Africa, pursuing a recurrent theme--the quest for humanity in a world that has lost all sense of what being human is.

Pioneering French director Jean-Jacques Annaud has often seemed as much anthropologist as filmmaker, taking great pains to faithfully create the disparate cultures that have driven his films. Time after time he has depicted the conflict that occurs when one culture bumps up against another and the resultant emotional transformations that arise from these clashes. His globetrotting has taken him from Vietnam (where he became the first non-Asian in 50 years to shoot anything but live ammunition) to the Andes (substituting for the Himalayas), the Canadian Rockies (standing in for the Andes) to colonial Africa, pursuing a recurrent theme--the quest for humanity in a world that has lost all sense of what being human is.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Two Brothers (2004) Director
3.
  Enemy at the Gates (2001) Director
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  Seven Years in Tibet (1997) Director
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  Wings of Courage (1995) Director
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  Lover, The (1992) Director
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  Bear, The (1989) Director
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  Name of the Rose, The (1986) Director
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  Quest for Fire (1982) Director
10.
  Coup de Tete (1980) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Rose of the Names, The (1987) Himself
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Fulfilled mandatory period of military service in Cameroon, Africa
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Began career as film director making educational films while serving in French Army
1976:
First film as director and screenwriter, "Victoire en chantant/Black and White in Color"; won Oscar as Best Foreign-Language Film
1978:
Co-wrote (with Alain Godard and director Pierre Richard) the screenplay for a film he did not direct, "Je suis timide, mais je me soigne/I'm Shy But I'm Treating It"
1979:
Last screenplay credit for 13 years, "Coup de Tete/Hot Head", which he also directed
1981:
First collaboration with screenwriter Gerard Brach, "Quest for Fire"
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Founded Paris-based production company, Reparge Productions
1986:
First English-language film, "The Name of the Rose"
1988:
Helmed "The Bear", a wildlife coming-of-age movie told from the bear's point of view
1992:
First screenplay credit in 13 years, "The Lover", adapted from Marguerite Duras's novel in collaboration with Gerard Brach
1993:
Signed a three-year deal with Sony Pictures to direct English-Language movies
1995:
Wrote and directed the first IMAX 3-D fiction film, the 40-minute "Wings of Courage"
1997:
Directed Brad Pitt in the $70 million biopic "Seven Years in Tibet"
2001:
Helmed "Enemy at the Gates"; screened at the Berlin Film Festival
2004:
Wrote and directed the dramatic adventure "Two Brothers" about two tigers who are separated from their parents and each other
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Education

Ecole de Vaugirard: -
Ecole Nationale de Photo et Cinema: - 1964
Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques: - 1966
Sorbonne, University of Paris: - 1967

Notes

Awarded the Cinema Prize from French Academy in 1989 for career's work and the Grand Prix National du Cinema (1990).

Named Best Director by the Japanese Critic Association for "The Lover" (1993).

Made Officier des Arts et Lettres, Merite National

When asked if he was among the Hollywood Buddhists: "No. No. In a way, I resent those people who are parading in front of His Holiness [the Dalai Lama], bent in obedience. I respect the man immensely, but I'm not a Buddhist, I'm a filmmaker. I don't want to convert people. I want to entertain them and give them a glimpse at another civilization. I have seen a lot of Hollywood Buddhists who produce violent movies and give three percent of the gross to nonviolent organizations. That doesn't work for me. I think, if you want to promote nonviolence, don't make violent movies." --Jean-Jacques Annaud in Movieline, October 1997

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wife:
Monique Rossoignol. Married in 1970; divorced in 1980.
wife:
Laurence Duval. Married in 1982.

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father:
Pierre Annaud. Railroad employee.
mother:
Madeleine Annaud. Corporate secretary.
daughter:
Mathilde Annaud. Mother Monique Rossoignol.
daughter:
Juliette Annaud. Mother Monique Rossoignol.
daughter:
Louise Annaud. Born c. 1988; mother Laurence Duval.
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