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Patrice Leconte

Patrice Leconte
Patrice Leconte in 2011
Born (1947-11-12) 12 November 1947 (age 68)
Paris, France
Occupation Film director, actor, screenwriter
Years active 1976–present

Patrice Leconte (Template:IPA-fr; born 12 November 1947) is a French film director, actor, comic strip writer, and screenwriter.

Life and career

Leconte grew up in Tours, and began making little amateur films at 15. He went to Paris in 1967 and studied at Institut des hautes études cinématographiques. While attending film school in the late 1960s, Leconte also worked as cartoonist, in particular for the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Pilote. He directed his first feature film in 1976, and had a number of major successes with comedy films that were barely distributed outside France. He first came to international attention in 1989 with Monsieur Hire, which was shown at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival[1] and which was a radical departure from his previous work. Although he had already directed more than half a dozen features, many foreign critics, unfamiliar with his previous work, essentially treated him as a newcomer. Since then, he has alternated between films such as Ridicule and L'homme du train which have had success in the international arthouse market, and others, like Les Grands Ducs, whose appeal has been limited to France.

In the 2000s, Patrice Leconte received more recognition in the United States with the successful United States releases of Girl on the Bridge, The Widow of Saint-Pierre, Man on the Train and Intimate Strangers (Paramount Classics released three of these films in the United States[2]). Ryan Mottesheard of IndieWIRE wrote: "you could even argue that no other foreign filmmaker (INCLUDING Pedro Almodóvar) has had as strong of an impact on United States arthouses."[3]

An English language remake of Leconte's film Man on the Train was remade by an independent Hollywood studio in 2011, and two others are in 'development': Intimate Strangers and My Best Friend.[4]

Patrice Leconte's film, The Suicide Shop, was screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California, on April 28 and May 2, 2013.[5]


Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Category Result
1988 Tandem César Award for Best Director Nominated
1990 Monsieur Hire César Award for Best Director Nominated
1991 The Hairdresser's Husband César Award for Best Director Nominated
1996 Ridicule César Award for Best Director Won
1997 Ridicule BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language Won
2000 The Girl on the Bridge César Award for Best Director Nominated
2011 Voir la mer Golden Swan Award for Best Director,
Cabourg International Festival of the Romantic Movie


  • Lisa Downing, Patrice Leconte (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004)


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Monsieur Hire". Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (September 7, 2006). "Foreign-language fare lost in B.O. translation". Variety. 
  3. ^ Ryan Mottesheard: Arms Wide Open: Patrice Leconte Talks About "Intimate Strangers in IndieWIRE, July 30, 2004
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "The Suicide Shop Newport Beach Film Festival 2013 Screenings". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

External links

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