President of the Jury
Bertrand Bonello was born in 1968. Educated as a musician before becoming a filmmaker, he made his first feature film in 1998, Quelque chose d’organique (Organic) for which he also wrote the screenplay and the music. The film was selected for the Berlin film festival in the “Panorama” section. In 2001, his second film, Le Pornographe (The Pornographer) the portrait of a retired porno film maker interpreted by Jean-Pierre Léaud, was presented at the International Critics’ week at the Cannes Film Festival and won the International Film Critics’ Fipresci Prize. In 2003, Bertrand Bonello directed Tiresia, which was in competition in the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. He returned to Cannes in 2005 with a film short in a special screening, Cindy the doll is mine, with Asia Argento, a homage to the artist photographer, Cindy Sherman. In 2007, Bonello directed and produced a new project, My New Picture, presented at Locarno Film Film Festival. Bertrand Bonello directed in 2008, De la Guerre (On War), with Mathieu Amalric, selected at the Director’s Fortnight. In 2010, his short Where the boys are is selected at Locarno Film Festival. L’APOLLONIDE (The House of tolerance) is his fifth long feature.