Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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About Jean-Pierre Jeunet Jean-Pierre Jeunet (born September 3, 1953) is a French film director.Jean-Paul Jeunet was born in Roanne, Loire, France. He bought his first camera at the age of 17 and made short films while studying animation at Cinémation Studios. He befriended Marc Caro, a designer and comic book artist who became Jeunet's longtime collaborator and co-director. Together, Jeunet and Caro directed award-winning animations. Their first live action film was The Bunker of the Last Gunshots (1981), a short film about soldiers in a bleak futuristic world. Jeunet also directed numerous advertisements and music videos, such as Jean Michel Jarre's Zoolook (together with Caro). Jeunet and Caro's first feature film was Delicatessen (1991), a black comedy set in a famine-plagued post-apocalyptic world, in which a block of flats above a delicatessen is ruled by a butcher who kills people in order to feed his tenants. Next came The City of Lost Children (1995), a dark, multi-layered fantasy film with a twisting plot about a mad scientist who kidnaps children in order to steal their dreams thus preventing him from aging prematurely. The success of The City of Lost Children led to an invitation to direct the fourth movie in the Alien series - Alien Resurrection (1997). Like his subsequent films, this one is credited only to Jeunet, although Caro did some work on the art design. Though not well received by critics, Alien Resurrection turned a profit at the box office. Jeunet returned to France. The clout of having a Hollywood film under his belt gave him free rein on his next project, Amélie, starring Audrey Tautou. Amélie is lighter and more romantic than his previous films, a fact sometimes attributed to Caro's minimal participation. This story, about a woman who takes pleasure in doing good deeds but cannot find love herself, was a huge critical and commercial success worldwide, and was nominated for several Academy Awards. For this film he also gained a European Film Award for Best Director. In 2004, Jeunet released A Very Long Engagement, an adaptation of the novel by Sébastien Japrisot set after World War I, during which a woman (played by Audrey Tautou) searches for her missing lover. In 2007, Jeunet pulled out of directing Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi due to budgetary reasons. Jeunet has now gone on to direct his own film Micmacs à tire-larigot He has directed numerous commercials including a 2'25" film for the prestigious Chanel N° 5 featuring his favourite actress Audrey Tautou.

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