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Robert Guédiguian

Robert Guédiguian

Highest Rated: 100% The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011)

Lowest Rated: 43% The Last Mitterrand (2005)

Birthday: Dec 3, 1953

Birthplace: Marseille, France

French filmmaker Robert Guédiguian wrote, directed and produced a sizable and acclaimed body of work that explored issues of the working class and immigrant experience in his native country and abroad that included "Marius and Jeannette" (1997), "The Town is Quiet" (2000), "The Last Mitterrand" (2005) and "Don't Tell Me the Boy Is Mad" (2015). Born Robert Juels Guédiguian in Marseilles, France on December 3, 1953, he was the son of working-class parents from German and Armenian backgrounds. He studied sociology at the University of Provence, where he met his future wife and collaborator, actress/writer Ariane Ascaride. While writing a thesis on the working class at the Conservatory of Paris, he was approached by filmmaker René Féret to pen a film version of the epic novel Berlin Alexanderplatz. The project did not come to fruition, but the two would work together on Féret's comedy "Fernand" in 1980. The following year, Guédiguian would make his directorial debut with the film "Last Summer," starring Ascaride and Gérard Meylan, who would also appear in many of his features. His cinematic body of work expanded greatly in the years that followed, with films including "Rouge midi" (1985), "Roundabout" (1989) with Juliette Binoche and "Till Death Do Us Part" (1995). Guedigian's hometown of Marseilles was frequently the focus of these efforts, while his parents' ethnic backgrounds also informed many of his stories, like "Rouge midi," which concerned Italian immigrants in France. One of his most successful explorations of these characters came with "Marius and Jeannette" (1997), a romantic comedy-drama about two working-class apartment dwellers (Meylan and Ascaride) in Marseilles who must overcome financial and emotional burdens in order to fall in love. The film earned Ascaride a César for Best Actress and Best Director and Best Film for Guédiguian. He would revisit his recurring themes and locale through a variety of genres in the years that followed, from the noir-driven "The Town is Quiet" (2000) to the Palme d'Or-nominated melodrama "Marie-Jo and Her Two Lovers" (2002) and the fantasy-tinged "My Father is an Engineer" (2004), with Ascaride and Meylan trying to rouse a woman from a catatonic depression. In 2005, he earned a Golden Bear nomination from the Berlin International Film Festival for "The Last Mitterrand," with Michel Bouquet in a César-winning turn as an elderly French president (modeled after real-life president Francois Mitterrand) recalling his life for a biographer. The following year found Guédiguian exploring his own past with "Armenia" (2006), a drama about a terminally ill man who leaves a trail for his daughter that leads back to the titular country, his homeland. He scored subsequent hits with the crime drama "Lady Jane" (2008) and "The Army of Crime" (2009) about real-life French Resistance leader Missak Manouchian before writing and directing "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (2011), a drama about a union leader who learns to take pity on the children of a former worker who have committed a crime against him in order to survive. The picture was nominated for the Certain Regard Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and was soon followed by a slew of genre experiments, including "Ariane's Thread" (2014), a fantasy with Ascaride and Meylan as wayward souls seeking fulfillment in a seaside town, and the drama "Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad" (2015), a drama based on the life of journalist Jose Antonio Gurriarán, who was injured during a bomb attack by members of an Armenian liberation group in 1981.

Photos

ARMENIA, (aka LE VOYAGE EN ARMENIE, aka ARMENIE), Gerard Meylan, Serge Avedikian, Ariane Ascaride, Simon Abkarian, writer/director Robert Guediguian, on set, 2006. ©Diaphana Films THE ARMY OF CRIME, (aka L'ARMEE DU CRIME), director Robert Guediguian, on set, 2009. ©Lorber Films A L'ATTAQUE, Robert Guediguian, 2000

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marching Band Producer - 2024
No Score Yet No Score Yet And the Party Goes On Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goodnight Soldier Producer - 2022
86% No Score Yet Mali Twist Director,
Screenwriter
- 2021
64% 62% The Big Hit Producer - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nosotros tres Producer - 2019
60% No Score Yet Gloria Mundi Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Winsley Producer - 2019
92% 50% The House by the Sea Director,
Writer
$63.9K 2017
63% 71% The Young Karl Marx Producer $125.4K 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet La villa Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2017
No Score Yet 71% Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2015
No Score Yet 29% Ariane's Thread Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2014
100% 82% My Sweet Pepper Land Producer - 2013
100% 74% The Snows of Kilimanjaro Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2011
88% 68% The Army of Crime Director $35.4K 2009
No Score Yet 31% Lady Jane Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beneath the Rooftops of Paris Producer - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Armenia Director,
Producer,
Writer
- 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Demented Executive Producer - 2006
43% 61% The Last Mitterrand Director,
Co-Executive Producer
- 2005
No Score Yet 67% My Father Is an Engineer Director - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lulu Marius (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 60% Marie-Jo and Her 2 Lovers Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 2002
71% 85% The Town Is Quiet Director,
Writer
$66.3K 2000
No Score Yet 43% Charge! Director,
Producer,
Writer
- 2000
No Score Yet 73% Where the Heart Is Director,
Screenwriter
- 1998
68% 75% Marius and Jeannette Director,
Writer,
Producer
$686.4K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet 'Til Death Do Us Part Director,
Writer
- 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet L'Argent fait le bonheur Director - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dieu vomit les tièdes Director,
Writer
- 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ki lo sa? Director,
Writer
- 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rouge midi Director,
Screenwriter
- 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Summer Director,
Writer
- 1980