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Roland Joffé is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer British born on 17 november 1945 at London (United-kingdom)

Roland Joffé

Roland Joffé
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Birth 17 november 1945 (75 years) at London (United-kingdom)

Roland Joffé (born 17 November 1945) is an English-French film director who is known for his Oscar nominated movies, The Killing Fields and The Mission. He began his career in television. His early television credits included episodes of Coronation Street and an adaptation of The Stars Look Down for Granada. He gained a reputation for hard-hitting political stories with the series Bill Brand and factual dramas for Play for Today.

Biography

Roland Joffé est notamment élève du lycée français de Londres avant d'étudier à l'université de Manchester.


Carrière

Roland Joffé entame une carrière de réalisateur pour le cinéma en 1984, avec succès puisque son premier long métrage, La Déchirure, remporte trois Oscars. Le film est la fresque dramatique d'un Cambodge mutilé après l'invasion de Phnom Penh par les Khmers rouges, à travers l'histoire d'amitié qui va lier un journaliste américain à son assistant local.

Joffé s'impose dès lors comme un cinéaste engagé, désirant avant tout montrer la vérité. Ce même souci lui fait réaliser l'année suivante le bouleversant film Mission, peinture subtile de la conquête et de la domination portugaise et espagnole sur le Nouveau Monde au XVIII siècle. Le film, porté par Jeremy Irons dans le rôle d'un prêtre catholique et Robert De Niro en mercenaire espagnol, reçoit la Palme d'or au Festival de Cannes en 1986.

Roland Joffé aime à découvrir des univers totalement différents tout en mettant en exergue des destins d'exception. En 1991, La Cité de la joie nous fait découvrir la misère des enfants des rues de Calcutta à travers le parcours d'un chirurgien anglais parti en Inde chercher un sens à sa vie. Dans Les Amants du nouveau monde (1991), l'histoire douloureuse d'une jeune femme tombée enceinte pour l'amour d'un pasteur sert de canevas à une peinture de l'Amérique intolérante et puritaine du XVII siècle.

Le réalisateur abandonne un temps les "films historiques" — le temps de tourner Goodbye Lover (1999), thriller teinté d'humour noir — mais y revient vite avec Vatel. Là encore, Roland Joffé se penche sur la misère de l'Homme en ressuscitant la cour de Louis XIV et le plus célèbre cuisinier de l'Histoire que sa trop grande conscience professionnelle poussa jusqu'à la mort.


Vie privée
Roland Joffé est le fils de Marc Joffé (originaire de Riga). Son père a vécu avec Esther Garman, fille du sculpteur Jacob Epstein qui est ainsi devenu son grand-père adoptif.

Il n'a pas de lien de parenté avec les cinéastes Alex et Arthur Joffé.

Roland Joffé a été marié à l'actrice Jane Lapotaire, puis à Cherie Lunghi. Il a deux enfants : Rowan Joffé et

Best films

The Killing Fields (1984)
(Director)
The Mission (1986)
(Director)
City of Joy (1992)
(Director)
Vatel (2000)
(Director)

Usually with

Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1 films)
Om Puri
Om Puri
(2 films)
Jake Eberts
Jake Eberts
(2 films)
Julian Sands
Julian Sands
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Roland Joffé (14 films)

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Director

The Forgiven, 1h55
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Historical
Themes Films about racism
Actors Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana
Rating59% 2.9567152.9567152.9567152.9567152.956715
En 1994, à la fin de l'apartheid, Nelson Mandela nomme l'archevêque Desmond Tutu président de la commission de la vérité et de la réconciliation : aveux contre rédemption. Il se heurte le plus souvent au silence d'anciens tortionnaires. Jusqu'au jour où il est mis à l’épreuve par Piet Blomfield, un assassin condamné à perpétuité. Desmond Tutu se bat alors pour retenir un pays qui menace de se déchirer une nouvelle fois.
The Lovers
The Lovers (2015)
, 1h49
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin Belgique
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Time travel films, Films set in the future
Actors Josh Hartnett, Neve Campbell, Alice Englert, Tamsin Egerton, Bipasha Basu, Abhay Deol
Rating45% 2.256522.256522.256522.256522.25652
In 2020, marine archeologist Jay Fennel (Josh Hartnett) is brain dead after trying to save his wife Laura (Tamsin Egerton) who got trapped exploring the wreck of a colonial British merchant ship. The comatose Fennel dreams about the adventures of Captain James Stewart in 1778 Pune (India), and his romance with a Maratha warrior, Tulaja Naik (Bipasha Basu).
There Be Dragons, 2h2
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Biography
Themes Films about religion, Political films
Actors Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott, Unax Ugalde, Olga Kurylenko, Golshifteh Farahani
Rating57% 2.893532.893532.893532.893532.89353
Le film raconte l'histoire d'un journaliste espagnol contemporain, Robert, qui essaye de renouer des relations avec son père mourant, Manolo. Ce dernier a participé à la guerre civile espagnole. Le journaliste découvre, petit à petit, à travers son travail de recherche sur la vie de son père, que ce dernier était un ami intime de Josémaria Escriva, avec qui il a eu des relations compliquées. Manolo s'est engagé pendant la Guerre d'Espagne, et est tombé amoureux d'une jeune Hongroise, Ildiko. Celle-ci le rejette et se lie à un chef de la Milice, Oriol. Manolo devient jaloux et s'engage sur les chemins de la trahison. Le début du film se déroule à Rome ; ensuite, une grande partie de l'action se passe en Espagne et la scène finale, très émouvante, à la frontière entre l'Espagne et Andorre.
You and I
You and I (2011)
, 1h40
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin Russie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Mischa Barton, Shantel VanSanten, Anton Yelchin, Charlie Creed-Miles, Bronson Pinchot, Helena Mattsson
Rating46% 2.306992.306992.306992.306992.30699
The film is about Janie Sawyer, an American teenager who is forced to live in Moscow because of her father's job. Janie is trying to escape her lonely life in Moscow through her deep love of music and the internet. Janie and Lana Starkova meet on a fansite for the pop-band t.A.T.u. Trapped in a small Russian town, Lana wants desperately nothing more than to flee her mundane life causing the two girls to develop an instant connection through their love of t.A.T.u.'s music. The two girls adapt one of Lana's poems into a song and post it on the internet. t.A.T.u.'s manager hears the song being played by a corrupt music producer and he loves it. He later contacts the girls, instead of the producer, hoping they will allow t.A.T.u. to record the song without the producer. Janie and Lana's relationship then becomes the catalyst for a series of adventures through both the rock bottom and highlights of Moscow's society.
Captivity
Captivity (2007)
, 1h36
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Psychologie, Serial killer films
Actors Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gillies, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Laz Alonso, Michael J. Harney, Carl Paoli
Rating47% 2.3506552.3506552.3506552.3506552.350655
A young man is being tortured. Two tubes are inserted into his nose, and truck battery acid is pumped in through one pipe, causing blood to pour out through the other. The man's captor then kills him with a large hammer.
Vatel
Vatel (2000)
, 1h43
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Romance
Themes Cooking films, Politique, Political films, Histoire de France, Films about royalty
Actors Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Timothy Spall, Julian Glover, Tom Stoppard
Rating65% 3.2961453.2961453.2961453.2961453.296145
The film takes place in 1671. In the prelude to the Franco-Dutch War, a financially struggling Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé is visited by King Louis XIV for three days of festivities at the Château de Chantilly.. The prince wants a commission as a general, and spares no expense in order to impress the king. In charge of organizing the event is François Vatel, Master of Festivities and Pleasures in the prince's household. Vatel is a man of great honor and talent, but of low birth. As the great Condé is prepared to do anything in his quest for stature, the tasks assigned to Vatel are often menial and dishonourable. While Vatel tries to sustain dignity amidst the extravaganza he is meant to orchestrate, he finds himself in love with Anne de Montausier, the king's latest lover, who returns his affections. However, due to their incompatible social standing and the rigid hierarchy of the court, continuing the liaison is clearly impossible. The movie ends with Vatel realizing that he is nothing more than a puppet in the hands of his superiors, bought and sold like a piece of property: he consequently commits suicide. Vatel throws himself on his sword because the roast was not sufficient to feed several unexpected guests, the clouds dulled the fireworks display and he lacked confidence that there would be enough fish for the morning meal. Anne de Montausier is grief-stricken upon hearing the news but she must not speak of it. In doing so, she flees the court quietly and no one ever knew about her and Vatel.
Goodbye Lover, 1h37
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime, Romance
Actors Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Mary-Louise Parker, Ellen DeGeneres, Don Johnson, John Neville
Rating56% 2.801782.801782.801782.801782.80178
Sandra, jeune agent immobilier en pleine ascension, a toutes les chances de réussir. Néanmoins, Jake, son mari, est alcoolique. Ce dernier ne doit son poste dans une agence de publicité qu'à la protection de son frère, qui la dirige. Afin de sauver leur couple et de mener une existence agréable, Sandra se lance dans une diabolique machination. Elle n'hésitera pas à faire tout ce qui est en son pouvoir pour y arriver... Elle avait tout prévu, sauf l'imprévisible !
The Scarlet Letter, 2h15
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, Robert Duvall, Edward Hardwicke, Robert Prosky, Roy Dotrice
Rating53% 2.656692.656692.656692.656692.65669
It is 1667 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and an uneasy truce exists between local Puritans and their neighbours, the Algonquian. Chief Metacomet (Eric Schweig) succeeds his father Massasoit as head of the latter just as a new colonist, Hester Prynne (Demi Moore) arrives overseas from England. As Hester waits for her husband - who is due to follow shortly after - she falls for a young minister, Arthur Dimmesdale (Gary Oldman). When it emerges that Roger Prynne has likely been killed by Native Americans, they become inseparable lovers.
Super Mario Bros., 1h44
Directed by Roland Joffé, Dean Semler, A.C.S., A.S.C., Rocky Morton, Annabel Jankel
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Films about computing, Jeu, Films about magic and magicians, La préhistoire, Films about video games, Political films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Films based on video games, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Samantha Mathis, Fisher Stevens, Richard Edson
Rating41% 2.051152.051152.051152.051152.05115
Mario and Luigi are two Italian American plumbers living in Brooklyn, New York, who are currently being driven out of business by the mafia-like Scapelli Construction Company led by Anthony Scapelli. Later, Luigi falls in love with an orphaned NYU student named Daisy, who is digging under the Brooklyn Bridge for dinosaur bones. After a date, Daisy takes Luigi back to the bridge only to witness one of Scapelli's men sabotaging it by leaving the water pipes open. Unable to fix the flooding, Luigi and Daisy rush back to his apartment where they inform Mario about the incident. The trio returns to the flooding where the Mario Bros. manage to fix it but are knocked unconscious by Iggy and Spike, who proceed to capture Daisy.
City of Joy, 2h12
Directed by Roland Joffé, Paul Verhoeven
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Patrick Swayze, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, Art Malik, Pauline Collins, Iftekhar
Rating64% 3.249433.249433.249433.249433.24943
Hasari Pal (Om Puri) is a rural farmer who moves to Calcutta with his wife (Shabana Azmi) and three children in search of a better life. The Pals do not get off to a very good start: They are cheated out of their rent money and thrown out on the streets, and it's difficult for Hasari to find a job to support them. But the determined family refuses to give up and eventually finds its place in the poverty-stricken city.
Fat Man and Little Boy, 2h7
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Arme nucléaire
Actors Paul Newman, Dwight Schultz, Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack, Ron Vawter, Laura Dern
Rating64% 3.2486753.2486753.2486753.2486753.248675
In September 1942, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers General Leslie Groves (Paul Newman) who oversaw construction of the Pentagon is assigned to head the ultra-secret Manhattan Project, to beat the Germans in building an atomic bomb.
The Mission, 2h6
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films about religion, Indiens d'Amazonie
Actors Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Cherie Lunghi, Liam Neeson
Rating73% 3.699793.699793.699793.699793.69979
The film is set in the 1750s and involves Spanish Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) who enters the South American jungle to build a mission station and convert a Guaraní community to Christianity. The Guaraní community above the perilous Iguazu Falls has tied a priest to a cross and sent him over the falls to his death. Father Gabriel travels to the falls, climbs to the top, and plays his oboe. The Guaraní warriors, captivated by the music, allow him to live.
The Killing Fields, 2h18
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Historical
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Politique, Political films
Actors Sam Waterston, John Malkovich, Haing S. Ngor, Julian Sands, Craig T. Nelson, Spalding Gray
Rating77% 3.8984053.8984053.8984053.8984053.898405
In the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh during May 1973, the Cambodian national army is fighting a civil war with the Khmer Rouge, a result of the Vietnam War overspilling that country’s borders. Dith Pran, a Cambodian journalist and interpreter for The New York Times, awaits the arrival of reporter Sydney Schanberg at the city's airport but leaves suddenly. Schanberg takes a cab to his hotel where he meets up with Al Rockoff (John Malkovich). Pran meets Schanberg later and tells him that an incident has occurred in a town, Neak Leung; allegedly, an American B-52 has bombed the town.
The Spongers, 1h30
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Christine Hargreaves, Bernard Hill, Roger Sloman
Rating83% 4.169274.169274.169274.169274.16927
Pauline (Christine Hargreaves), a recently separated single mother-of-four, receives a visit from a bailiff regarding her rent arrears. She is given 15 days to address the issue, yet the bailiff values Pauline's furniture and possessions. This upsets Pauline's daughter, Paula, who has Down's syndrome, and she is comforted by her Auntie Gertie. Meanwhile nearby, Councillor Conway (Bernard Atha) watches preparations for Jubilee celebrations.

Scriptwriter

The Forgiven, 1h55
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Historical
Themes Films about racism
Actors Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana
Roles Writer
Rating59% 2.9567152.9567152.9567152.9567152.956715
En 1994, à la fin de l'apartheid, Nelson Mandela nomme l'archevêque Desmond Tutu président de la commission de la vérité et de la réconciliation : aveux contre rédemption. Il se heurte le plus souvent au silence d'anciens tortionnaires. Jusqu'au jour où il est mis à l’épreuve par Piet Blomfield, un assassin condamné à perpétuité. Desmond Tutu se bat alors pour retenir un pays qui menace de se déchirer une nouvelle fois.