Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Filmmakers

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (September 3, 1953) is a French film director, producer, and screenwriter. His films mix elements of fantasy, realism and science fiction either to create idealized realities or to give relevance to mundane situations. A former animator, his movies are marked by quirky, slapstick humor, alongside surrealist visuals. Debuting as a director with the acclaimed 1991 black comedy Delicatessen (with Dominique Pinon, who’s appeared in most of his films) alongside his collaborator Marc Caro, Jeunet went to collaborate with Caro once again with The City of Lost Children (1995), with Ron Perlman. His work with science fiction and horror led Jeunet to become the fourth director to helm the Alien film series with Alien Resurrection (1997), with Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, and Perlman, was his first and only experience with an American film.

Jeunet achieved his biggest success with the release of Amélie (2001), with Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Serge Merlin, Jamel Debbouze, Claire Maurier, Clotilde Mollet, Isabelle Nanty, Pinon, Artus de Penguern, Yolande Moreau, Urbain Cancelier, and Maurice Bénichou; gaining international acclaim and reaching BBC’s 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and important directors in modern French cinema, his critical and commercial success earned him three BAFTA Awards for Best Direction and two Academy Award nominations.

Other films include A Very Long Engagement (2004), with Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Pinon, Chantal Neuwirth, André Dussolier, Ticky Holgado, and Jodie Foster; Micmacs (2009), with Dany Boon, Yolande Moreau, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Julie Ferrier, Omar Sy, Pinon, Marie-Julie Baup, Michel Crémadès, Jean-Pierre Marielle, and Urbain Cancelier; The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013), Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie, Kyle Catlett, Niamh Wilson, Jakob Davies, Rick Mercer, Pinon, and Julian Richings; and Bigbug (2021), with Elsa Zylberstein, Isabelle Nanty, Youssef Hajdi, Alban Lenoir, François Levantal, and Pinon.

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(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Foutaises (1989) – short
  • Delicatessen (1991) – co-director
  • The City of Lost Children (1995) – co-director
  • Alien Resurrection (1997)
  • Amélie (2001)
  • A Very Long Engagement (2004)
  • Micmacs (2009)
  • The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)
  • Bigbug (2021)