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Joann Sfar is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Co-Director French born on 28 august 1971 at Nice (France)

Joann Sfar

Joann Sfar
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Nationality France
Birth 28 august 1971 (48 years) at Nice (France)
Creator of Autochenille Production
Awards Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres‎, Officier des Arts et des Lettres‎

Joann Sfar, né le 28 août 1971 à Nice (France), est un auteur de bande dessinée, illustrateur, romancier et réalisateur français. Auteur de très nombreuses bandes dessinées, il est notamment connu pour ses séries Le Chat du rabbin, qu'il a ensuite adaptée au cinéma, et Donjon. Il a également illustré de nombreux ouvrages. Depuis 2010 et son film Gainsbourg, vie héroïque, il est également réalisateur. Depuis 2013, il s'est mis à l'écriture de romans, comme Le Plus Grand Philosophe de France. Joann Sfar interroge tout particulièrement les rapports qu'entretiennent entre elles les religions, et il traite de questions existentielles, identitaires et philosophiques à travers les différents supports qu'il emploie.

Biography

Enfance et études
Joann Sfar est issu d'une famille juive (séfarade) algérienne du côté de son père et ashkénaze ukrainienne du côté de sa mère. Sa mère Lilou est chanteuse et son père André Sfar est avocat engagé dans la lutte contre le néo-nazisme. Celui-ci fut l'adjoint de Jacques Médecin à la mairie de Nice. Sa mère meurt quand il a 4 ans ; il est élevé par son père et son grand-père (ancien résistant, médecin dans la brigade Alsace-Lorraine puis rabbin). À l'âge de 17 ans, il entretient une correspondance de plusieurs années avec l'auteur de bande dessinée Pierre Dubois, qui le soutient dans son projet de faire de la bande dessinée.

Après des études aux lycées Masséna et Honoré-d'Estienne-d'Orves, Joann Sfar effectue un cursus philosophique à l'université Nice Sophia Antipolis où il a pour enseignants Clément Rosset, Jean-François Mattei, André Flécheux, et y obtient une maîtrise. Il termine sa formation à l'École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, dans l'atelier de Pierre Carron, où il suit les cours de morphologie de Jean-François Debord.


Débuts en bande dessinée
En 1994 Joann Sfar publie ses premières planches à l'Association rejoignant ainsi Jean-Christophe Menu, Stanislas, Mattt Konture, Killoffer, David B., Mokeït et Lewis Trondheim avec qui il collaborera par la suite. Ces auteurs font partie de la nouvelle vague d'auteurs de bande dessinée française des années 2000 qui revendique une liberté formelle en cherchant à s'éloigner des formats classiques franco-belges.

Dans les années 90 il rejoint l'atelier Nawak avec d'autres auteurs de l'Association, puis l'atelier des Vosges avec des auteurs comme Frédéric Boilet, Marjane Satrapi, ou Christophe Blain avec qui il collabore (Donjon, Socrate le demi-chien)

Il développe très vite un grand nombre de série adultes et jeunesse (Petit Vampire, Sardine de l'espace), dans des formats classiques (Le Chat du rabbin, Donjon) ou plus novateurs (Klezmer ou ses Carnets autobiographiques).


Succès et diversification
À partir des années 2000 Sfar rencontre un succès grandissant à la fois populaire et critique (plusieurs prix à Angoulême) qui lui permet de se lancer dans de nombreux projets en parallèle de son activité d’auteur.

Il publie des billets dessinés dans la presse généraliste (Mon cahier d'éveil dans Charlie Hebdo, Télérama, Le Huffington Post).

Il illustre des classiques de la philosophie (Candide de Voltaire, Le Banquet de Platon), et se lance dans l’écriture de romans (L’homme arbre).

Joann Sfar a exercé la fonction de directeur de collection chez l'éditeur Bréal Jeunesse, où il a publié des livres pour la jeunesse. En 2005, il crée et dirige la nouvelle collection de bandes dessinées « Bayou » chez l'éditeur Gallimard.

Sa série Petit Vampire est adaptée pour la télévision en 2003. En 2010, il se lance dans le cinéma avec le film Gainsbourg, vie héroïque qui obtient le César du meilleur premier film. En 2011 il sort une adaptation en dessin animé du Chat du Rabbin et obtient César du meilleur film d'animation.

À partir du 18 février 2013, il présente dans l’émission Downtown sur France Inter une chronique artistique intitulée « Vous voyez le tableau ».

Dans le cadre de l'élection municipale de 2014 à Paris, il croque des dessins depuis les QG de campagne d'Anne Hidalgo et Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.

En 2016-2017, Sfar expose à l'Espace Dali à Montmartre : Joann Sfar - Salvador Dali : Une seconde avant l’éveil.

Joann Sfar est également musicien, il joue notamment du ukulélé. Il a ponctuellement joué sur scène avec Mathias Malzieu, chanteur du groupe Dionysos. Sfar est l'auteur de pochettes du groupe et du clip de la chanson Tes lacets sont des fées. Il a également réalisé, avec Kerascoët, le clip Hyacinthe pour Thomas Fersen.


Vie privée
Il est actuellement le compagnon de Louise Lacoste, actrice. Il fut marié à Sandrina Jardel. Ils divorcent en 2014.

Best films

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)
(Director)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Joann Sfar (8 films)

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Actor

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, 2h10
Directed by Joann Sfar
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Musical films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Éric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylène Jampanoï
Roles Georges Brassens
Rating69% 3.45013.45013.45013.45013.4501
The film follows notorious musician Serge Gainsbourg's exploits from his upbringing in Nazi occupied France through his rise to fame and love affairs with Juliette Gréco, Brigitte Bardot and marriage to Jane Birkin to his later experimentation with reggae in Jamaica. It also incorporates multiple elements of fantasy, most significantly with the character called "The Mug", an animated exaggeration of Gainsbourg that acts as his conscience (or anti-conscience) at crucial moments in Gainsbourg's life. The film also includes many of Gainsbourg's more famous songs, which serve as the soundtrack to the film and often serve as plot elements themselves.
The French Kissers, 1h30
Directed by Riad Sattouf
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes L'adolescence, Films about children, Films about sexuality, La sexualité des mineurs
Actors Vincent Lacoste, Noémie Lvovsky, Anthony Sonigo, Irène Jacob, Emmanuelle Devos, Valeria Golino
Roles Le professeur de philosophie
Rating63% 3.172863.172863.172863.172863.17286
Hervé (Vincent Lacoste) is a teenage boy in junior high school with ordinary looks and middling grades, living with his single mother in a housing estate in Rennes. He and his best friend Camel (Anthony Sonigo) often fantastize about their female classmates and their mothers, but have less luck with girls in reality.

Director

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, 1h33
Directed by Joann Sfar
Origin France
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors Freya Mavor, Benjamin Biolay, Elio Germano, Stacy Martin, Thierry Hancisse, Alexandre von Sivers
Rating54% 2.7449552.7449552.7449552.7449552.744955
Dany, jeune rousse flamboyante manquant de confiance en elle, est dactylographe dans une agence de publicité. Son directeur lui confie un jour un travail de rédaction pour le lendemain, où il doit se rendre en Suisse. Pour gagner du temps, il lui propose de le rédiger à son domicile. Au petit matin, le directeur demande à Dany de le conduire lui et sa famille à l'aéroport puis de ramener la voiture, une splendide Ford Thunderbird, à son domicile mais Dany décide, sur un coup de tête, d'aller voir la mer. La voici en route vers la Côte d'Azur, elle ne se doute alors pas qu'elle vient de mettre le pied dans un engrenage infernal.
The Prophet, 1h24
Directed by Bill Plympton, Roger Allers, Joann Sfar, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Gaëtan et Paul Brizzi
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Actors Quvenzhané Wallis, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Salma Hayek, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina
Rating71% 3.550663.550663.550663.550663.55066
Kamila, a widowed mother, works as the housekeeper for Mustafa, a foreign poet, painter, and political activist being held under house arrest. Mustafa is guarded by the soldier Halim, who has a secret crush on Kamila. Kamila's daughter, Almitra, has stopped talking due to her father's death, and has become a troublemaker who frequently steals from local merchants. Almitra has seagulls for her only friends; she even seems able to talk to them by making birdlike noises. Halim's pompous Sergeant arrives to tell Mustafa that he is now free, but he must board a ship to his home country by day's end. The Sergeant escorts Mustafa to the ship, and Mustafa spends the time conversing with Kamila, Almitra and Halim, as well as with the townspeople, who regard him as a hero. Mustafa's conversations, ranging in topics from freedom to marriage to parenthood to eating, are animated by the movie's many directors in their own unique styles.
The Rabbi's Cat, 1h40
Directed by Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Philosophie, Films about religion, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about cats, Films about birds, Films about Jews and Judaism, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Hafsia Herzi, Maurice Benichou, François Morel, Mohamed Fellag, Alain Chabat, Jean-Pierre Kalfon
Rating71% 3.59173.59173.59173.59173.5917
The film takes place in the Jewish community of Algeria during the 1920s. One day a Rabbi finds that his talking parrot, which is very noisy, has been eaten by his cat and that the cat has gained the ability to speak in human tongues. However, the Rabbi finds that the cat is very rude and arrogant, so the rabbi teaches the cat about the Torah, with the cat deciding that if he is Jewish then he should receive a bar mitzvah, leading the two to consult with the rabbi's rabbi. The cat proceeds to mock and insult the rabbi's rabbi's strict views, who declares that the cat should be killed for its heresy. The rabbi takes his cat and leaves, mad at the cat for making a fool of his master, but the two eventually reach an agreement where the rabbi will teach the cat all about the Torah, and that someday he might have his bar mitzvah when he is ready.
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, 2h10
Directed by Joann Sfar
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Musical films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Éric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylène Jampanoï
Rating69% 3.45013.45013.45013.45013.4501
The film follows notorious musician Serge Gainsbourg's exploits from his upbringing in Nazi occupied France through his rise to fame and love affairs with Juliette Gréco, Brigitte Bardot and marriage to Jane Birkin to his later experimentation with reggae in Jamaica. It also incorporates multiple elements of fantasy, most significantly with the character called "The Mug", an animated exaggeration of Gainsbourg that acts as his conscience (or anti-conscience) at crucial moments in Gainsbourg's life. The film also includes many of Gainsbourg's more famous songs, which serve as the soundtrack to the film and often serve as plot elements themselves.

Scriptwriter

The Rabbi's Cat, 1h40
Directed by Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Philosophie, Films about religion, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about cats, Films about birds, Films about Jews and Judaism, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Hafsia Herzi, Maurice Benichou, François Morel, Mohamed Fellag, Alain Chabat, Jean-Pierre Kalfon
Roles Writer
Rating71% 3.59173.59173.59173.59173.5917
The film takes place in the Jewish community of Algeria during the 1920s. One day a Rabbi finds that his talking parrot, which is very noisy, has been eaten by his cat and that the cat has gained the ability to speak in human tongues. However, the Rabbi finds that the cat is very rude and arrogant, so the rabbi teaches the cat about the Torah, with the cat deciding that if he is Jewish then he should receive a bar mitzvah, leading the two to consult with the rabbi's rabbi. The cat proceeds to mock and insult the rabbi's rabbi's strict views, who declares that the cat should be killed for its heresy. The rabbi takes his cat and leaves, mad at the cat for making a fool of his master, but the two eventually reach an agreement where the rabbi will teach the cat all about the Torah, and that someday he might have his bar mitzvah when he is ready.
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, 2h10
Directed by Joann Sfar
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Musical films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Éric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylène Jampanoï
Roles Créateur de nouvelle
Rating69% 3.45013.45013.45013.45013.4501
The film follows notorious musician Serge Gainsbourg's exploits from his upbringing in Nazi occupied France through his rise to fame and love affairs with Juliette Gréco, Brigitte Bardot and marriage to Jane Birkin to his later experimentation with reggae in Jamaica. It also incorporates multiple elements of fantasy, most significantly with the character called "The Mug", an animated exaggeration of Gainsbourg that acts as his conscience (or anti-conscience) at crucial moments in Gainsbourg's life. The film also includes many of Gainsbourg's more famous songs, which serve as the soundtrack to the film and often serve as plot elements themselves.

Producer

Aya of Yop City, 1h24
Directed by Marguerite Abouet
Origin France
Genres Comedy-drama, Animation
Themes L'adolescence, Films set in Africa, Films about children
Actors Aïssa Maïga, Jacky Ido, Claudia Tagbo, Eriq Ebouaney, Tatiana Rojo, Sabine Pakora
Roles Producer
Rating65% 3.295373.295373.295373.295373.29537
Le film se déroule à Yopougon, un quartier populaire d'Abidjan, en Côte d'Ivoire, à la fin des années 1970, et suit la vie sentimentale et familiale d'un groupe d'adolescentes. Tandis qu'Aya se consacre essentiellement à ses études, ses amies Adjoua et Bintou pensent surtout à sortir le soir pour « gazer » (draguer) dans les « maquis » (les bars dansants), dans l'espoir de sortir avec un garçon malgré la surveillance de leurs familles qui redoutent les « génitos » (les séducteurs sans scrupules). Adjoua noue une relation avec un jeune homme, Moussa, le fils de Bonaventure Sissoko, l'un des hommes les plus riches du pays. Mais les choses se compliquent notablement lorsqu'elle se retrouve enceinte.
The Rabbi's Cat, 1h40
Directed by Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Philosophie, Films about religion, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about cats, Films about birds, Films about Jews and Judaism, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Hafsia Herzi, Maurice Benichou, François Morel, Mohamed Fellag, Alain Chabat, Jean-Pierre Kalfon
Roles Producer
Rating71% 3.59173.59173.59173.59173.5917
The film takes place in the Jewish community of Algeria during the 1920s. One day a Rabbi finds that his talking parrot, which is very noisy, has been eaten by his cat and that the cat has gained the ability to speak in human tongues. However, the Rabbi finds that the cat is very rude and arrogant, so the rabbi teaches the cat about the Torah, with the cat deciding that if he is Jewish then he should receive a bar mitzvah, leading the two to consult with the rabbi's rabbi. The cat proceeds to mock and insult the rabbi's rabbi's strict views, who declares that the cat should be killed for its heresy. The rabbi takes his cat and leaves, mad at the cat for making a fool of his master, but the two eventually reach an agreement where the rabbi will teach the cat all about the Torah, and that someday he might have his bar mitzvah when he is ready.

Director

The Prophet, 1h24
Directed by Bill Plympton, Roger Allers, Joann Sfar, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Gaëtan et Paul Brizzi
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Actors Quvenzhané Wallis, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Salma Hayek, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina
Roles Co-Director
Rating71% 3.550663.550663.550663.550663.55066
Kamila, a widowed mother, works as the housekeeper for Mustafa, a foreign poet, painter, and political activist being held under house arrest. Mustafa is guarded by the soldier Halim, who has a secret crush on Kamila. Kamila's daughter, Almitra, has stopped talking due to her father's death, and has become a troublemaker who frequently steals from local merchants. Almitra has seagulls for her only friends; she even seems able to talk to them by making birdlike noises. Halim's pompous Sergeant arrives to tell Mustafa that he is now free, but he must board a ship to his home country by day's end. The Sergeant escorts Mustafa to the ship, and Mustafa spends the time conversing with Kamila, Almitra and Halim, as well as with the townspeople, who regard him as a hero. Mustafa's conversations, ranging in topics from freedom to marriage to parenthood to eating, are animated by the movie's many directors in their own unique styles.