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Jan Kounen

Jan Kounen (born 1964, Utrecht, Netherlands)
After completing his studies at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, where he directed his earliest shorts, Jan Kounen worked as an assistant cameraman and director on numerous videos and documentaries. In 1989, he drew considerable attention with the short film Gisèle Kérozène at the Festival du Film Fantastique at Avoriaz, and was awarded the Grand Prix in its category. During the early 1990s, Kounen worked prolifically in advertising and directed two further highly acclaimed shorts, Vibroboy and Le dernier chaperon rouge, with Emmanuelle Béart. In 1996, he directed his first feature film, the idiosyncratic and violent Dobermann, starring Vincent Cassel. Kounen then travelled extensively in Mexico and Peru, immersing himself in the indigenous cultures of those countries before returning to the big screen in 2004 with his psychedelic western, Blueberry, adapted from the famous comic book by Jean-Michel Charlier and Jean Moebius Giraud. Once again, Vincent Cassel had the lead role. In the same year, Kounen furthered his study of traditional Central American medicine with the documentary Other Worlds. Then Jan Kounen entered a new universe with the comedy 99 francs, a savage satire on the advertising world, adapted from Frédéric Beigbeder’s bestselling book.

Filmography
Gisèle Kérozène (1989), L'âge de plastic (1990), Capitaine X (1994), Vibroboy (1994), Le dernier chaperon rouge (1996), Dobermann (1997), Bâtards (2002), Blueberry (2004), Other Worlds (2004), Darshan: The Embrace (2005), 99 francs (2007), 8 (2008, segment The Story of Panshin Beka), Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)

 

 

 

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