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Bruno Dumont

Bruno Dumont (born 1958, Bailleul, France)
To date, he has directed four feature films, all of which border somewhere between realistic drama and the avant-garde. His film L'humanité won several awards at the Cannes film festival in 1999, including the Jury Grand Prize. Dumont has a background of Greek and German philosophy, and of corporate video. For fifteen years he shot candy manufacturing films, the building of a highway, a real estate attorney's congress, and other seemingly banal projects. Dumont described how, looking back on this, everything he was filming, no matter how dull, became interesting, "I learnt how to make uninteresting things interesting. The way I work today is completely linked to those ten years of filming nothing." His films often show extreme violence and provocative sexual behavior, and are usually classified as art films. Dumont has himself likened his films to visual arts. He says that some of his favorite filmmakers are Bresson, Pasolini, Rossellini, and Kiarostami.

Filmography
The Life of Jesus (La vie de Jésus, 1997), Humanity (L' humanité, 1999), Twenty nine Palms (2003), Flanders (Flandres, 2006).

 

 

 

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