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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 12, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: France Profession: screenwriter, director

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A much-heralded French director, Patrice Leconte has been making feature films since 1975, although it was not until the late 80s and 90s that his work received international attention. His star rose considerably with the release of "Ridicule" (1996), the Oscar-nominated story of a small-time civil engineer who must learn the ins and outs of the court of Louis XVI in order to secure royal financing to drain a swamp. Ironically perhaps, it was one of the few of his 20-plus films that Leconte had not also written, but its cinematically style was all his: brisk and satiric, a soupcon of sentiment with a depth of subject matter that creeps up on the viewer.Although Leconte attended IDHEC, France's most distinguished film school, he went to work as a writer, cartoonist and draftsman for the French humor magazine PILOTE. Leconte had made a few short films, but it was his work with comics that inspired his first motion picture, "Les Veces etaient fermes d' l'interieur" (1975). He honed his craft helming TV productions and commercials for a few years before being asked by the comedy troupe "Le Splendid" to direct a film which would star its members. The result, "Les Bronzes/ Sun Tan" (1978), was a sleeper...

A much-heralded French director, Patrice Leconte has been making feature films since 1975, although it was not until the late 80s and 90s that his work received international attention. His star rose considerably with the release of "Ridicule" (1996), the Oscar-nominated story of a small-time civil engineer who must learn the ins and outs of the court of Louis XVI in order to secure royal financing to drain a swamp. Ironically perhaps, it was one of the few of his 20-plus films that Leconte had not also written, but its cinematically style was all his: brisk and satiric, a soupcon of sentiment with a depth of subject matter that creeps up on the viewer.

Although Leconte attended IDHEC, France's most distinguished film school, he went to work as a writer, cartoonist and draftsman for the French humor magazine PILOTE. Leconte had made a few short films, but it was his work with comics that inspired his first motion picture, "Les Veces etaient fermes d' l'interieur" (1975). He honed his craft helming TV productions and commercials for a few years before being asked by the comedy troupe "Le Splendid" to direct a film which would star its members. The result, "Les Bronzes/ Sun Tan" (1978), was a sleeper hit and marked his initial collaboration with French comic actor and writer Michel Blanc. The inevitable sequel, "Les Bronzes font du ski" (1979) followed. In 1980, Leconte directed Blanc in "Viens chez moi, habite chez une copine/Come to My Place, I'm Living at My Girlfriends", which Blanc also wrote. Leconte and Blanc co-wrote the screenplay for "Les Specialistes" (1984).

Blanc played the title role in "Monsieur Hire" (1989), Leconte's first film to receive distribution in the USA which focused on an older man framed for murder by a younger woman. The director followed with the idiosyncratic "The Hairdresser's Husband" (1990), which featured a strong central performance by Anna Galiena. "Tango" (1993) remained in Leconte's familiar territory of exploring romance by focusing on an elegant womanizer who plots the murder of his long-suffering wife when she begins to philander as well. That same year, Leconte also wrote and directed "Yvonne's Perfume", about a man haunted by a 1958 romance. The prolific filmmaker also completed "Les Grands ducs" (1996), a comedy about a two-bit theater troupe traveling the French provinces.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Promise, A (2014)
4.
6.
  Dogora (2004)
7.
  Intimate Strangers (2004) Director
8.
  Man on the Train (2002) Director
9.
  Rue des Plaisirs (2002) Director
10.
  Felix and Lola (2001) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mes Stars et moi (2008)
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Raised in Provence
1970:
Worked for magazine <i>Pilote</i> as writer and draftsman
1975:
Directed and wrote first feature, "Les veces etaient fermes de l'interieurs"
1978:
Scored first hit with "Les Bronzes/Sun Tan"; also marked first collaboration with actor Michel Blanc
1979:
Had second hit film with sequel "Les Bronzes font du ski"
1982:
Collborated with Blanc on "Ma femme s'appelle reviens/Singles"
1989:
Had first US release with "Monsieur Hier", starring Blanc
1996:
Won international acclaim with "Ridicule"; nominated for a 1997 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar
1999:
Helmed "The Girl on the Bridge", teaming Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis
2000:
Directed Juliette Binoche and Auteuil in "La Veuve de Saint Pierre/The Widow of St Pierre"
2001:
Helmed "Felix et Lola"
2002:
Directed the romance "Rue des Plaisirs"
2004:
Directed the documentary "Dogora: Ouvrons les yeux"
2005:
Helmed "Les Bronzes 3: Friends Forever," the sequel to the classic box-office hits Les Bronzes and Les Bronzes Font du Ski
2007:
Co-wrote and directed "My Best Friend"
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Education

Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques: - 1968 - 1970

Notes

"There is nothing I like better than to make certain films in order to surprise myself, or undertake things that I am not sure will succeed." --Patrice Leconte in Presence du Cinema Francais, January-February 1993.

"[Cinema] is my only passion. I see films all the time just for pleasure. If you make them, you should see them. When they're good to see films made by others is an inspiration." --Leconte in Time Out New York, November 28, 1996.

"I personally love actors . . . if you love people they give you the best of themselves." --Leconte in the Los Angeles Times, December 1, 1996.

"All films are love stories." --Patrice Leconte in The New York Times, July 23, 2000.

"I want to astonish myself. I want to do things that I don't know how to do. If you make the same film all your life, if you take the same route movie after movie, you're more likely to go around in circles. Me, when I go in one direction, then in another, then in another, I tell myself, well, I have less risk of repeating myself. The only cure for facileness is to be completely new each time. It works for me. "

"There's something in France that has done a lot of harm to the cinema, the notion of the 'cinema d'auteur.' You in the U.S. have a great advantage over us, because there the notion of auteur cinema doesn't really exist. There are writers and there are directors, and they aren't necessarily the same person. In France, if you make a film you haven't written, you don't get much respect. But I've always thought there aren't just directors who can write great stories -- there are screenwriters for that." --Patrice Leconte quoted in "An Adventurer Who Operates Outside the Boundaries" by Dave Kehr, The New York Times, July 23, 2000.

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daughter:
Marie Leconte. Script supervisor. Born c. 1974.
daughter:
Alice Leconte. Born c. 1984.

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