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Alexander Payne is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 10 february 1961 at Omaha (USA)

Alexander Payne

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Birth name Constantine Alexander Payne
Nationality USA
Birth 10 february 1961 (58 years) at Omaha (USA)
Creator of Ad Hominem Enterprises
Awards Writers Guild of America Award

Alexander Payne (born Constantine Alexander Payne; February 10, 1961) is an American film director and screenwriter, known for the films Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004) and The Descendants (2011). His films are noted for their dark humor and satirical depictions of contemporary American society.

Biography

Alexander Payne est issu d'une famille d'origine grecque. Son grand-père paternel a anglicisé le nom de la famille, Papadopoulos, en Payne. Diplômé d'histoire et de littérature espagnole à l'université Stanford, il est également titulaire d'une maîtrise de cinéma (UCLA). Son court métrage de fin d'études, The Passion of Martin, est présenté en 1991 au Festival du film indépendant de Sundance.

Payne réalise son premier long métrage en 1996, Citizen Ruth, dont il est également coscénariste. Tournée à Omaha, sa ville natale, cette comédie satirique vaut à son actrice principale, Laura Dern, le prix d'interprétation au Festival de Montréal. Le réalisateur poursuit ensuite dans le même registre avec L' Arriviste (1999), une satire sur la réussite à l'américaine interprétée par Matthew Broderick et Reese Witherspoon.

En 2001, il signe le scénario de Jurassic Park 3 de Joe Johnston, avant de se consacrer à l'écriture et à la réalisation de Monsieur Schmidt. Ce drame met en scène un ancien courtier en assurances qui perd tous ses repères, rôle qui permet à Jack Nicholson de remporter le Golden Globe du meilleur acteur (catégorie drame), et à Alexander Payne de glaner, en compagnie de Jim Taylor, celui du meilleur scénario. Une récompense que les deux acolytes obtiennent de nouveau en 2005 (en sus de celle qui consacre la meilleure comédie) pour Sideways, quatrième opus du réalisateur, qui retrace l'itinéraire mouvementé de deux amis sur la route des vins en Californie.
Il a eu une aventure en 2003 avec l'actrice Sandra Oh et ils se sont quittés en 2006.

Il est membre du Jury du Festival international du film de Thessalonique 2004, sous la présidence de Miklós Jancsó, et avec notamment Valerio Adami et Arsinée Khanjian comme autre membre du jury.

En 2005 il est président du jury de la section officielle parallèle Un Certain Regard lors du 58e Festival de Cannes. L'actrice américaine Betsy Blair, la journaliste canadienne Katia Chapoutier et le réalisateur et scénariste français Gilles Marchand font partie de son jury.

Il est membre du Jury des longs métrages du Festival de Cannes 2012 (65e édition), avec Diane Kruger, Emmanuelle Devos et Ewan McGregor, sous la présidence de Nanni Moretti. Il est président du jury du Festival international du film de Thessalonique 2013.

Best films

Jurassic Park III (2001)
(Writer)
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)
(Scriptwriter)
The Descendants (2011)
(Director)
Sideways (2004)
(Director)
About Schmidt (2002)
(Director)
Nebraska (2013)
(Director)

Usually with

Jim Taylor
Jim Taylor
(11 films)
Kevin Tent
Kevin Tent
(7 films)
Rolfe Kent
Rolfe Kent
(5 films)
Wes Craven
Wes Craven
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Alexander Payne (18 films)

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Actor

Paris, Je T'Aime, 1h55
Directed by Wes Craven, Gérard Depardieu, Bruno Podalydès, Alfonso Cuarón, Sylvain Chomet, Alexander Payne, Olivier Assayas, Christopher Doyle, Gus Van Sant, Richard LaGravenese, Walter Salles, Vincenzo Natali, Nobuhiro Suwa, Isabel Coixet, Gurinder Chadha, Oliver Schmitz, Tom Tykwer, Daniela Thomas, Frédéric Auburtin
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Anthology film, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Vampires in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Fanny Ardant, Juliette Binoche, Julie Bataille, Steve Buscemi, Bruno Podalydès, Sergio Castellitto
Roles Oscar Wilde (Pere-Lachaise)
Rating72% 3.648473.648473.648473.648473.64847
Génération AMOUR...Au fil des quartiers, des histoires d'amour passager, voilé, mimé, vampirisé, malmené ou révélé...Un Pari(s) moderne émouvant et drôle, un film plein de vie(s) sur le thème de l'Amour.

Director

Downsizing
Downsizing (2017)
, 2h15
Directed by Alexander Payne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films set in the future
Actors Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Niecy Nash
Rating56% 2.8426052.8426052.8426052.8426052.842605
Dans un futur proche, des scientifiques mettent au point un processus pour lutter contre la surpopulation. En effet, le downsizing permet de réduire les humains à une taille d’environ 12 cm. Chacun réalise que réduire sa taille est surtout une bonne occasion d’augmenter de façon considérable son niveau de vie. Cette promesse d’un avenir meilleur décide Paul Safranek et sa femme Audrey à abandonner le stress de leur quotidien à Omaha, pour se lancer dans une aventure qui changera leur vie pour toujours.
Nebraska
Nebraska (2013)
, 1h54
Directed by Alexander Payne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films about families, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors Bob Odenkirk, Will Forte, Bruce Dern, Stacy Keach, June Squibb, Devin Ratray
Rating76% 3.84853.84853.84853.84853.8485
In Billings, Montana, Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) is found walking in traffic and stopped by a police officer. He is picked up by his son, David (Will Forte), who learns that Woody wants to go to Lincoln, Nebraska to collect a $1 million sweepstakes prize he has won. When David sees the sweepstakes letter, he realizes that it is a mail scam to make a person purchase magazine subscriptions. He returns Woody to his home, where David's mother Kate (June Squibb) becomes annoyed by Woody insisting on collecting his money. After Woody is picked up again, David and his brother Ross (Bob Odenkirk), a local news anchor, discuss putting Woody in a retirement home. David is paid a visit by his ex-girlfriend Noel (Missy Doty), who is returning his things, refusing to move back in. Their conversation is cut short by a call from David's mother reporting that his father has left yet again. David retrieves Woody and decides to drive him to Lincoln, much to Kate's dismay.
The Descendants, 1h50
Directed by Alexander Payne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about families, Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films
Actors George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, Nick Krause
Rating72% 3.6482453.6482453.6482453.6482453.648245
Matthew "Matt" King (George Clooney) is a Honolulu-based attorney and the sole trustee of a family trust of 25,000 pristine acres on Kauai island. The land has great monetary value, but is also a family legacy. While Matt has always ably managed his own finances, most of his cousins have squandered their inheritances. With the trust expiring in seven years due to the rule against perpetuities, the King clan is pressuring Matt to sell the land for hundreds of millions of dollars. Amidst these discussions, a boating accident has rendered Matt's wife, Elizabeth, comatose.
Sideways
Sideways (2004)
, 2h7
Directed by Alexander Payne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Black comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about television, Transport films, Musical films, Road movies, Buddy films
Actors Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh, Marylouise Burke, Jessica Hecht
Rating74% 3.7487553.7487553.7487553.7487553.748755
Miles Raymond is an aspiring – but unsuccessful – writer, a wine aficionado and a divorced, depressed, borderline alcoholic middle-aged English teacher living in San Diego, who takes his soon-to-be-married actor friend and college roommate Jack Cole, on a road trip through Santa Ynez Valley wine country. Though still recognized on occasion, Jack's acting career appears to have peaked years ago, when he co-starred in a popular TV soap but now does commercial voice-overs and plans to enter his future father-in-law's successful real estate business after he's married. Miles wants to spend the week relaxing, golfing, enjoying good food and wine; however, much to Miles' consternation, Jack is on the prowl and wants one last sexual fling before settling into domestic life.
About Schmidt, 2h5
Directed by Alexander Payne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Transport films, Vieillesse, Road movies
Actors Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates, June Squibb, Harry Groener
Rating70% 3.549163.549163.549163.549163.54916
Warren Schmidt is retiring from his position as an actuary with Woodmen of the World, an insurance company in Omaha, Nebraska. After a retirement dinner, Schmidt finds it hard to adjust to his new life, feeling useless. He sees a television advertisement about a foster program for African children, Plan USA, and decides to sponsor a child. He soon receives an information package with a photo of his foster child, a small Tanzanian boy named Ndugu Umbo, to whom he relates his life in a series of candid, rambling letters.
Election
Election (1999)
, 1h43
Directed by Alexander Payne
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about education, Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Musical films, Political films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Phil Reeves, Molly Hagan
Rating71% 3.5987453.5987453.5987453.5987453.598745
Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) is a much-admired high school teacher in the suburbs of Omaha, Nebraska, who is actively involved in many after-school activities, one of which is overseeing the student government election process. Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is an overachieving junior with an insufferable air of self-importance. Earlier in the year, another teacher, Jim's best friend Dave Novotny (Mark Harelik), had seduced Tracy and began carrying on an affair with her. When Tracy's mother learned of the affair and reported it to school authorities, Dave was fired from his job and divorced by his wife, Linda (Delaney Driscoll), while Tracy's reputation was unscathed.
Citizen Ruth, 1h42
Directed by Alexander Payne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality, Political films
Actors Laura Dern, Burt Reynolds, Mary Kay Place, Swoosie Kurtz, Kurtwood Smith, Kelly Preston
Rating69% 3.497773.497773.497773.497773.49777
The movie opens with Ruth Stoops and a man (apparently an ex-boyfriend) having intercourse on a bed in a flophouse, after which he disrespectfully throws her out of the apartment. She later goes to a hardware store to buy patio sealant and huffs it in a paper bag in an alley to get high. Ruth is portrayed as a dumb, inebriated addict, capable of doing nearly anything to get money or drugs.

Scriptwriter

Downsizing
Downsizing (2017)
, 2h15
Directed by Alexander Payne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films set in the future
Actors Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Niecy Nash
Rating56% 2.8426052.8426052.8426052.8426052.842605
Dans un futur proche, des scientifiques mettent au point un processus pour lutter contre la surpopulation. En effet, le downsizing permet de réduire les humains à une taille d’environ 12 cm. Chacun réalise que réduire sa taille est surtout une bonne occasion d’augmenter de façon considérable son niveau de vie. Cette promesse d’un avenir meilleur décide Paul Safranek et sa femme Audrey à abandonner le stress de leur quotidien à Omaha, pour se lancer dans une aventure qui changera leur vie pour toujours.
The Descendants, 1h50
Directed by Alexander Payne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about families, Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films
Actors George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, Nick Krause
Rating72% 3.6482453.6482453.6482453.6482453.648245
Matthew "Matt" King (George Clooney) is a Honolulu-based attorney and the sole trustee of a family trust of 25,000 pristine acres on Kauai island. The land has great monetary value, but is also a family legacy. While Matt has always ably managed his own finances, most of his cousins have squandered their inheritances. With the trust expiring in seven years due to the rule against perpetuities, the King clan is pressuring Matt to sell the land for hundreds of millions of dollars. Amidst these discussions, a boating accident has rendered Matt's wife, Elizabeth, comatose.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, 1h55
Directed by Dennis Dugan
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about the labor movement, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Buddy films, LGBT-related films, Same-sex marriage in film, Disaster films, Films about marriage, LGBT-related film
Actors Adam Sandler, Jessica Biel, Ving Rhames, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd
Rating59% 2.999582.999582.999582.999582.99958
Chuck Levine, a womanizing bachelor, and Larry Valentine, a widower struggling to raise his two children, are two veteran New York City fire fighters. During a routine sweep of a burned building, a segment of floor collapses on Chuck. However, Larry quickly shields him from the falling debris, saving his life. Later, he and Chuck wake up in a hospital, where Chuck vows to repay Larry in any way possible. This incident serves as a catalyst for Larry's epiphany: death is both inevitable and unpredictable. This prompts him to significantly increase his life insurance policy, but he runs into difficulties naming his children as primary beneficiaries in his policy. He is told he should get remarried so his new spouse could be the primary beneficiary; however, it doesn't specify who he has to marry. Inspired by a newspaper article about domestic partnerships, Larry asks Chuck to enter a civil union with him. Although Chuck declines at first, he is reminded of his debt to Larry and finally agrees, entering a domestic partnership and becoming Larry's primary beneficiary in the event of his death. To their dismay, however, New York City investigators soon arrive to inquire about their abrupt partnership, under suspicion of fraud. Chuck and Larry decide to enlist the help of lawyer Alex McDonough, played by Jessica Biel, who suggests they get married and move in together to prove they're committed. Chuck reluctantly agrees. The pair soon travel to Canada for a quick marriage (so quick they use a nearby homeless person as the best man) and begin living together.