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Jaco Van Dormael is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Editor Belge born on 9 february 1957 at Ixelles / Elsene (Belgique)

Jaco Van Dormael

Jaco Van Dormael
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Birth name Jaco Van Dormael
Nationality Belgique
Birth 9 february 1957 (63 years) at Ixelles / Elsene (Belgique)

Jaco Van Dormael (born 9 February 1957 in Ixelles) is a Belgian film director, screenwriter and playwright. His complex and critically acclaimed films are especially noted for their respectful and sympathetic portrayal of people with mental and physical disabilities.

Van Dormael spent his childhood travelling around Europe, before going on to study filmmaking at the INSAS in Brussels, where he wrote and directed his first short film, Maedeli la brèche (1981), which received the Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards. Van Dormael's feature debut, Toto le héros (1991), was an immediate hit and won the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Five years later Van Dormael was among the prizes again at Cannes with Le huitieme jour (1996), when his two leading actors, Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne, were jointly awarded the prize for Best Actor. His third feature film, Mr. Nobody (2009), received further critical acclaim and many accolades, winning six Magritte Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.

Biography

Après des études de cinéma (prise de vues et réalisation) à l'Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle (INSAS) à Bruxelles et à l'école Louis-Lumière à Paris, Jaco Van Dormael devient metteur en scène de théâtre pour enfants, notamment dans des numéros de clown.

Il passe à la réalisation en 1991 avec Toto le héros, récompensé par la Caméra d'or au Festival de Cannes. Jaco Van Dormael explore dans ses films, teintés d'onirisme, la puissance de l'imaginaire et la part oubliée de l'enfance dans un quotidien morne et tragique.

Il vit en couple avec la chorégraphe Michèle Anne De Mey et a deux filles d'une premiere union avec Laurette Vankeerberghen, Alice et Juliette Van Dormael. Son frère, Pierre Van Dormael (1952-2008), était un compositeur et guitariste de jazz.

Jaco Van Dormael assure également des mises en scène de pièces de théâtre comme Est-ce qu'on ne pourrait pas s'aimer un peu ? (avec Éric De Staercke dans le rôle principal), Kiss&Cry et Cold Blood.

Il est le président d'honneur de l'ARRF, l'Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices de films francophones. Il était le président d'honneur de la première cérémonie des Magritte du cinéma, qui s'est tenue en 2011 à Bruxelles.

Best films

The Eighth Day (1996)
(Director)
Nicholas on Holiday (2014)
(Writer)
The Brand New Testament (2015)
(Director)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jaco Van Dormael (13 films)

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Actor

The Brand New Testament, 1h53
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical, Black comedy
Themes Films about religion
Actors Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Poelvoorde, Pili Groyne, Yolande Moreau, François Damiens, Serge Larivière
Roles L'automobiliste qui n'a plus que 0 seconde à vivre
Rating70% 3.5418153.5418153.5418153.5418153.541815
God is real and lives in an apartment in Brussels, which he shares with his meek wife and his 10-year-old daughter Ea, to whom he is emotionally and physically abusive. God is a grumpy sadist who created mankind specifically to have something to torment. He manipulates reality via a personal computer, which he strictly forbids his family from accessing. One day, Ea sneaks into his office and discovers how He has been mistreating humans. This enrages God, who whips Ea with his belt.
Tango libre, 1h37
Directed by Frédéric Fonteyne
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about families, Prison films, Tango films
Actors François Damiens, Sergi López, Anne Paulicevich, Jan Hammenecker, Zacharie Chasseriaud, Corentin Lobet
Rating61% 3.098383.098383.098383.098383.09838
Le début du film montre une attaque de fourgon de transports de fonds qui tourne mal. Puis l'on suit Jean-Christophe, dit JC, un gardien de prison. Il vit avec la seule compagnie de son poisson rouge et mène une existence ordonnée et terne. Unique fantaisie dans sa vie quotidienne, il apprend le tango.
Why Get Married the Day the World Ends?, 1h13
Directed by Harry Cleven
Actors Pascal Greggory, Yves Hanchar, Elina Löwensohn, Philippe Martin, Jaco Van Dormael
Rating62% 3.104113.104113.104113.104113.10411
Juliette courait pour échapper à l'emprise d'un homme, quand elle a été heurtée par une voiture. Dans l'ambulance qui l'emmène à l'hôpital, elle fait la connaissance de Gaspard, le brancardier.

Director

The Brand New Testament, 1h53
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical, Black comedy
Themes Films about religion
Actors Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Poelvoorde, Pili Groyne, Yolande Moreau, François Damiens, Serge Larivière
Rating70% 3.5418153.5418153.5418153.5418153.541815
God is real and lives in an apartment in Brussels, which he shares with his meek wife and his 10-year-old daughter Ea, to whom he is emotionally and physically abusive. God is a grumpy sadist who created mankind specifically to have something to torment. He manipulates reality via a personal computer, which he strictly forbids his family from accessing. One day, Ea sneaks into his office and discovers how He has been mistreating humans. This enrages God, who whips Ea with his belt.
Mr. Nobody
Mr. Nobody (2009)
, 2h21
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about altered memories, Space adventure films, Medical-themed films, Time travel films, Mars in film, Films set in the future, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Alternate history films, Space opera
Actors Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh-Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little
Rating78% 3.9008353.9008353.9008353.9008353.900835
In the year 2092, Nemo Nobody is a 117-year-old man, the last mortal on Earth. Humanity has conquered mortality through the endless renewal of cells, living in a shining future accompanied by their stem cell compatible pigs. The world watches in fascination as Mr. Nobody edges towards death, curious to know of life before quasi-immortality. Nemo says that he remembers nothing about his past and a psychiatrist, Dr. Feldheim, tries to make him recall memories through hypnosis while other memories are told to a journalist. Nemo spits out contradictory pieces as he is prodded, and no one is sure what happened and what did not. He is an enigma, often thinking that he is only 34 years old with no traceable record of his life. He recounts his life at three primary points: at age nine when his parents divorce, at age fifteen when he fell in love, and at age thirty-four as an adult. All three unfold into their many possible outcomes.
The Eighth Day, 1h58
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about disabilities
Actors Daniel Auteuil, Pascal Duquenne, Miou-Miou, Henri Garcin, Alexandre von Sivers, Isabelle Sadoyan
Rating75% 3.7977753.7977753.7977753.7977753.797775
Harry (Daniel Auteuil) est un homme seul qui se voue sept jours sur sept à son travail. Tout va basculer quand il rencontre Georges (Pascal Duquenne), une personne handicapée mentale atteinte de trisomie 21, qui vit dans l'instant. Ces deux êtres que tout oppose vont devenir inséparables.
Toto the Hero, 1h31
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael, Bénédicte Liénard
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about children
Actors Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Gisela Uhlen, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Sandrine Blancke, Michel Robin
Rating75% 3.796583.796583.796583.796583.79658
Ostensibly set in the near future, the film tells the life story of an elderly man named Thomas Van Hazebrouck (who has dubbed himself Toto, after a childhood fantasy), looking back on his ordinary, apparently uneventful life in a complex mosaic of flashbacks, interspersed with fantasies about how events might have turned out differently. It is not always possible to tell the difference between embellished or manufactured memories and fantasies, as Thomas is a very unreliable narrator, but some scenes (such as the narrative thread that features Toto as a secret agent) are definitely fantasized.
È pericoloso sporgersi, 12minutes
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Genres Drama
Rating62% 3.1430253.1430253.1430253.1430253.143025
Les avenirs possibles du fils d'un chef de gare : L'éloge de la folie pure

Scriptwriter

The Brand New Testament, 1h53
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical, Black comedy
Themes Films about religion
Actors Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Poelvoorde, Pili Groyne, Yolande Moreau, François Damiens, Serge Larivière
Rating70% 3.5418153.5418153.5418153.5418153.541815
God is real and lives in an apartment in Brussels, which he shares with his meek wife and his 10-year-old daughter Ea, to whom he is emotionally and physically abusive. God is a grumpy sadist who created mankind specifically to have something to torment. He manipulates reality via a personal computer, which he strictly forbids his family from accessing. One day, Ea sneaks into his office and discovers how He has been mistreating humans. This enrages God, who whips Ea with his belt.
Nicholas on Holiday, 1h37
Directed by Laurent Tirard
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about education, Films about children, Films about families, Le thème des vacances, Children's films
Actors Kad Merad, Valérie Lemercier, Dominique Lavanant, François Damiens, Daniel Prévost, François-Xavier Demaison
Roles Writer
Rating61% 3.050753.050753.050753.050753.05075
Nicholas spends his summer holidays with his is parents and Grandma at the seaside. He quickly makes new friends, including the girl Isabelle who lives in the area, the English pupil Djodjo, the gourmand Fructueux, the righteous Côme and the crybaby Crépin. But just when Nicholas believes he's got everything under control, Isabelle appears. He doesn't understand why she cares so much about him until he becomes suspicious that his parents are trying to set her up as his wife-to-be.
Mr. Nobody
Mr. Nobody (2009)
, 2h21
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about altered memories, Space adventure films, Medical-themed films, Time travel films, Mars in film, Films set in the future, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Alternate history films, Space opera
Actors Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh-Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little
Roles Writer
Rating78% 3.9008353.9008353.9008353.9008353.900835
In the year 2092, Nemo Nobody is a 117-year-old man, the last mortal on Earth. Humanity has conquered mortality through the endless renewal of cells, living in a shining future accompanied by their stem cell compatible pigs. The world watches in fascination as Mr. Nobody edges towards death, curious to know of life before quasi-immortality. Nemo says that he remembers nothing about his past and a psychiatrist, Dr. Feldheim, tries to make him recall memories through hypnosis while other memories are told to a journalist. Nemo spits out contradictory pieces as he is prodded, and no one is sure what happened and what did not. He is an enigma, often thinking that he is only 34 years old with no traceable record of his life. He recounts his life at three primary points: at age nine when his parents divorce, at age fifteen when he fell in love, and at age thirty-four as an adult. All three unfold into their many possible outcomes.