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Jean-Jacques Annaud is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer French born on 1 october 1943 at Juvisy-sur-Orge (France)

Jean-Jacques Annaud

Jean-Jacques Annaud
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Nationality France
Birth 1 october 1943 (75 years) at Juvisy-sur-Orge (France)
Awards Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres‎

Jean-Jacques Annaud (born 1 October 1943) is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for directing Quest for Fire (1981), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Lover (1991), and Seven Years in Tibet (1997). Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including four César Awards, one David di Donatello Award, and one National Academy of Cinema Award. Annaud's first film, Black and White in Color (1976), received an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Biography

Jean-Jacques Annaud was born on 1 October 1943 in Juvisy-sur-Orge, Essonne in France. He was educated at the technical school in Vaugirard, and in 1964 graduated from the prestigious film school Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (IDHEC) in Paris.

Annaud began his career by directing television advertisements in the late 1960s to early 1970s. In his first feature film, Black and White in Color from 1976, he used personal experience obtained during his own military service in Cameroon. The film won an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film. His third film Quest for Fire (La Guerre du feu) received two Césars for best film and best director.

In 1986, Annaud directed The Name of the Rose, a film adaptation of Umberto Eco's popular novel of the same name. The film version, with a screenplay written by Andrew Birkin, won two BAFTA Film Awards and was the subject of another 14 wins & two nominations. Jean-Jacques Annaud spent four years preparing for the film, traveling throughout the United States as well as Europe, searching for the perfect cast and film set locations. He supposedly felt personally intrigued by the project, among other things because of a lifelong fascination with medieval churches and a great familiarity with Latin and Greek.

For Seven Years in Tibet, a film adaptation of the life of
Heinrich Harrer, he reportedly received a lifelong denial of entry to China, along with starring actors Brad Pitt and David Thewlis.
In 2012 however, Annaud was invited to chair the jury at the Shanghai Film Festival.


In 2000 he wrote and produced Running Free directed by Sergei Bodrov. He also directed the 2001 film Enemy at the Gates, detailing the exploits of Vassili Zaitsev during the Battle of Stalingrad.

In 2006 Annaud started filming His Majesty Minor, a fantasy-comedy which was filmed in Benitatxell and Benigembla, basically in the district of the Marina Alta, which is located in the Valencian Community.

His latest film is Black Gold, an epic drama set in the 1930s Arab states which premiered in 2011. The film was filmed in Tunisia and Qatar.

Annaud's next project will be the film adaptation of the award-winning best-selling Chinese novel Wolf Totem.

Best films

The Bear (1988)
(Director)
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
(Director)
Wolf Totem (2015)
(Director)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
(Director)
The Name of the Rose (1986)
(Director)
Two Brothers (2004)
(Director)

Usually with

Gérard Brach
Gérard Brach
(5 films)
James Horner
James Horner
(4 films)
Ron Perlman
Ron Perlman
(3 films)
Jake Eberts
Jake Eberts
(2 films)
Gabriel Yared
Gabriel Yared
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jean-Jacques Annaud (15 films)

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Director

Wolf Totem
Wolf Totem (2015)
, 1h55
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin Chine
Genres Drama, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films about animals, Politique, Wolves in film, Political films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Rating66% 3.3452953.3452953.3452953.3452953.345295
En 1967, lors de la « 2e année de la Révolution culturelle », le jeune étudiant chinois Chen Zhen est envoyé pour 2 ans en Mongolie-Intérieure pour enseigner et apporter la culture à une tribu de bergers nomades. Là-bas, il capture alors un louveteau pour l’apprivoiser. Alors qu'une relation se développe entre lui et l'animal, les loups sont menacés par un officier du gouvernement qui décide par tous les moyens d’éliminer les loups de la région.
Day of the Falcon, 2h9
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films about religion, Films about Islam, Le désert
Actors Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Corey Johnson
Rating66% 3.347883.347883.347883.347883.34788
In the early 20th century, Emir Nesib (Antonio Banderas), Sultan of Hobeika, and Sultan Amar (Mark Strong) of Salmaah have been in a border war over a vast barren strip they call "The Yellow Belt". When Nesib wins he forces Amar to agree to a peace pact: the Yellow Belt will belong to neither, becoming a no-mans-land between their territories, and Emir Nesib will take Sultan Amar's sons, Saleh and Auda, as hostages. Amar reluctantly agrees, knowing the hostages are a sacred trust which binds Nesib as well. They both swear to the pact before God. Nesib promises to rear Amar's sons with his own children, Tariq and Leyla.
His Majesty Minor, 1h41
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films based on mythology, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, Dans la Grèce mythologique, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors José Garcia, Mélanie Bernier, Claude Brasseur, Vincent Cassel, Rufus, Jean-Luc Bideau
Rating41% 2.0664052.0664052.0664052.0664052.066405
Minor (Garcia) was abandoned by his parents as a child and was raised by a pack of pigs; he speaks in porcine grunts and lives and loves much like his fellow hogs. Minor is just human enough to have his head turned by Clytia (Bernier), a beautiful girl living in the nearby village. However, if Minor's lack of social skills weren't enough to keep Clytia away, she's already been pledged to wed handsome and charming Karkos (Peris-Mencheta). When Minor runs afoul of the tribal leadership, he's removed from his home with the pigs and forced to live in an enchanted forest, where he attracts the not entirely welcome attentions of Pan (Cassel), a randy half-man and half-goat willing to couple with anything that breathes. When Minor emerges from the forest able to speak with newfound eloquence, the tribal leaders name him their new potentate, and Clytia suddenly finds him a great deal more appealing, which doesn't sit well with Karkos.
Two Brothers, 1h49
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Circus films, Mise en scène d'un tigre, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Stéphanie Lagarde, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Moussa Maaskri
Rating70% 3.549383.549383.549383.549383.54938
Set in Cambodia during the 1920s during French colonial rule, two tigers; one male and one female, meet and mate. Months later, the tiger couple have given birth to two tiger cubs, who would one day get separated after the ancient temple where they live is disturbed by Aidan McRory (Guy Pearce), who intends to steal and sell the ancient statues at an auction in London.
Enemy at the Gates, 2h11
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Historical, Romance
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Bob Hoskins, Ed Harris, Ron Perlman
Rating75% 3.798843.798843.798843.798843.79884
In 1942, Vasily Zaytsev (Jude Law), a shepherd from the Ural Mountains who is now a soldier in the Red Army, finds himself on the front lines of the Battle of Stalingrad. Forced into a suicidal charge by barrier troops against the invading Germans, he uses impressive marksmanship skills—taught to him at a young age by his grandfather—to save himself and commisar Danilov (Joseph Fiennes). Nikita Khrushchev (Bob Hoskins) arrives in Stalingrad to coordinate the city's defences and demands ideas to improve morale. Danilov, now a Senior Lieutenant, suggests that the people need figures to idolize and give them hope, and publishes tales of Vasily's exploits in the army's newspaper that paint him as a national hero and propaganda icon. Vasily is transferred to the sniper division, and he and Danilov become friends. They also both become romantically interested in Tania (Rachel Weisz), a citizen of Stalingrad who has become a Private in the local militia. Danilov has her transferred to an intelligence unit away from the battlefield.
Seven Years in Tibet, 2h16
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films about writers, Films about religion, Films about Tibet, Films about Buddhism
Actors Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B.D. Wong, Mako Iwamatsu, Danny Denzongpa, Victor Wong
Rating70% 3.500413.500413.500413.500413.50041
Austrian mountaineers Heinrich Harrer (Pitt) and Peter Aufschnaiter (Thewlis) are part of a team attempting to summit Nanga Parbat in British India (present-day Pakistan). When World War II begins in 1939, they are arrested by British Indian authorities and imprisoned in a POW camp in Dehradun in the Himalayan foothills, in the present-day Indian state of Uttarakhand. Harrer's pregnant wife, Ingrid, sends him divorce papers from Austria.
Wings of Courage, 50minutes
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, Adventure, Romance
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Craig Sheffer, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth McGovern, Val Kilmer, Ken Pogue, Molly Parker
Rating64% 3.2470353.2470353.2470353.2470353.247035
Le 13 juin 1930, Henri Guillaumet, pilote de l'Aéropostale, est forcé d'atterrir dans la cordillère des Andes avec son Potez 25. Il est finalement sauvé après avoir marché en haute montagne, en plein hiver austral et sans équipement, durant cinq jours et quatre nuits.
The Lover
The Lover (1992)
, 1h55
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about virginity
Actors Tony Leung Ka-fai, Jane March, Melvil Poupaud, Arnaud Giovaninetti, Jeanne Moreau, Lisa Faulkner
Rating68% 3.447963.447963.447963.447963.44796
The primary characters are known only as the Young Girl and the Chinese Man. The daughter of bitter, fearful, poverty-stricken colonials, the girl is a pretty waif who wears an old silk dress and a fedora, and paints her lips bright red when out of her mother's sight. She and her family are French, but live in Vietnam where her mother is a schoolteacher to local children. Her weak-willed mother, violent older brother, and timid younger brother live in a rural section across the river. The girl is a loner but an excellent student, who dreams of being a writer.
The Bear
The Bear (1988)
, 1h32
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Mise en scène d'un ours, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Bart l'ours, Tchéky Karyo, Frank Welker, Jack Wallace, André Lacombe
Rating76% 3.8451853.8451853.8451853.8451853.845185
In the mountainous wilds of British Columbia circa 1885, a young bear cub suffers the accidental death of his mother from a rockslide. Forced to fend for himself, the cub struggles to find food and shelter. Elsewhere in the mountains, a large male grizzly is pursued by two trophy hunters (Jack Wallace and Tcheky Karyo). Although the younger hunter attempts to kill the bear, his shot fails to take the animal down, and the wounded bear flees. Coming across the grizzly a short time later, the cub attempts to befriend him. Uninterested in the cub and distracted by his wound, the adult bear warns the young orphan away with a growl. The cub approaches again, however, and manages to soothingly lick the other bear's wound. A friendship forms between the two bears, and the grizzly takes the orphan under his wing, teaching him to fish and hunt. At night, the cub suffers from nightmares, reliving the tragic death of his mother.
The Name of the Rose, 2h11
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Historical, Crime
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about religion, Witches in film, Serial killer films
Actors Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Christian Slater, Michael Lonsdale, Valentina Vargas, Helmut Qualtinger
Rating77% 3.897013.897013.897013.897013.89701
As an old man nearing the end of his life, Adso, youngest son of the Baron of Melk recounts how, as a young novice in 1327, he accompanied his mentor, the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville to a Benedictine abbey in Northern Italy. The abbey had been chosen as the site for a theological debate between the Franciscan order and the Pope on the poverty of Christ. The abbey is already home to a famed scriptorium where scribes copy, translate or illuminate books. The mysterious recent death of the monk Adelmo of Otranto - a young but famous illuminator - has stirred fears among the abbey's devout inhabitants. The Abbot seeks help from William, known for his deductive powers. The illuminator's death cannot be dismissed as a suicide because the body was found at the foot of a tower having only a window which cannot be opened. William is reluctant to involve himself, though he is persuaded not only because of the intellectual challenge, but also because of his desire to disprove fears of a demonic culprit in Adelmo's death. William is also motivated to act by his fears that the Abbot will summon officials of the inquisition if the mystery remains unsolved.
Quest for Fire, 1h36
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques
Actors Everett McGill, Rae Dawn Chong, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi, Franck-Olivier Bonnet, Robert Lavoie
Rating73% 3.697933.697933.697933.697933.69793
The film begins with a raid by the apelike Wagabu tribe on the early Homo sapiens Ulam tribe, who possess fire in the form of a carefully guarded small flame which they use to start larger bonfires. Obtained from a natural source, the flame is kept in a fabricated bone satchel and must be fed constantly to keep it alive, because the Ulam don't know how to start a fire. Driven out of their home after a bloody battle with the Wagabu, the surviving Ulam escape but are chased into a marsh by a pack of wolves. The Ulam's bald-headed fire tender escapes with the tribe's remaining fire; however, while crossing a marsh, he all but douses the embers, leaving the tribe doomed to die from exposure and starvation. The Ulam elder decides to send three men, Naoh (Everett McGill), Amoukar (Ron Perlman) and Gaw (Nameer El-Kadi), on a quest to find fire.
Coup de tête, 1h32
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Dominique Cheminal
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Sports films, Association football films
Actors Patrick Dewaere, Jean Bouise, Michel Aumont, France Dougnac, Maurice Barrier, Dorothée Jemma
Rating72% 3.639173.639173.639173.639173.63917
François Perrin is a belligerent factory worker who plays football for a local amateur team, in a club owned by a rich businessman who also owns the factory where Perrin, as well as most of the population of Trincamp, works. His attitude doesn't endear him to anyone, and the situation is not helped when, at a training session, he pushes Berthier, the star and captain of the team, who demands that Perrin be expelled. Soon thereafter, he is also fired from his job, and the whole town turns against him and he is even prohibited from entering the local bar. When a drunk Berthier tries to rape a woman one night, Perrin is immediately framed for the deed, and ends up in jail after being brutalized by the police. Two months later, the Trincamp team is to participate in an important game for the France's Cup, but the bus carrying the team gets into an accident, and out of desperation to replace the injured players, Perrin is released from jail to help out the team. While on the way to the stadium, he manages to evade police and finds the rape victim and confront her. Rather than resulting in conflict, he actually finds someone who believes him, since she was not positive in her earlier identification, and she decides to investigate the testimonies that convicted Perrin, while he goes on to play and scores both of his team's goals in a very tight victory. Perrin is now the town's hero, and he uses that position and the knowledge of who did what and who made false reports to the police to plot a subtle but effective revenge on those who have wronged him.
Black and White in Color, 1h30
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, French war films, La colonisation française, Political films, Histoire de France
Actors Jean Carmet, Jacques Dufilho, Maurice Barrier, Catherine Rouvel, Jacques Spiesser, Peter Berling
Rating69% 3.491443.491443.491443.491443.49144
En Afrique-Équatoriale française, à la frontière du Kamerun allemand, début 1915. Les postes militaires des deux nations cohabitent parfaitement. Le poste allemand, plus petit, vient se ravitailler auprès d'une épicerie du poste français tenue par Paul Rechampot (Jacques Dufilho). Les coloniaux manifestent un certain mépris pour les autochtones. Les missionnaires ne sont intéressés que par propager la foi à tout prix.

Scriptwriter

Wolf Totem
Wolf Totem (2015)
, 1h55
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin Chine
Genres Drama, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films about animals, Politique, Wolves in film, Political films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Rating66% 3.3452953.3452953.3452953.3452953.345295
En 1967, lors de la « 2e année de la Révolution culturelle », le jeune étudiant chinois Chen Zhen est envoyé pour 2 ans en Mongolie-Intérieure pour enseigner et apporter la culture à une tribu de bergers nomades. Là-bas, il capture alors un louveteau pour l’apprivoiser. Alors qu'une relation se développe entre lui et l'animal, les loups sont menacés par un officier du gouvernement qui décide par tous les moyens d’éliminer les loups de la région.
Day of the Falcon, 2h9
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films about religion, Films about Islam, Le désert
Actors Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Corey Johnson
Roles Adaptation
Rating66% 3.347883.347883.347883.347883.34788
In the early 20th century, Emir Nesib (Antonio Banderas), Sultan of Hobeika, and Sultan Amar (Mark Strong) of Salmaah have been in a border war over a vast barren strip they call "The Yellow Belt". When Nesib wins he forces Amar to agree to a peace pact: the Yellow Belt will belong to neither, becoming a no-mans-land between their territories, and Emir Nesib will take Sultan Amar's sons, Saleh and Auda, as hostages. Amar reluctantly agrees, knowing the hostages are a sacred trust which binds Nesib as well. They both swear to the pact before God. Nesib promises to rear Amar's sons with his own children, Tariq and Leyla.