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Jean-Pierre Dardenne - Overview

Date of Birth: Apr 21, 1951    
Place of Birth: Liège, Belgium
Nationality: Belgium
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The older half of Europe's most celebrated film-making sibling duo, Jean-Pierre Dardenne helped put Belgian cinema on the map alongside younger brother Luc thanks to a distinctive series of low-budget and starkly realistic films which gave a voice to those on the fringes of society, becoming one of the few directors to win the coveted Palme d'Or twice in the process. Born in the steel town of Seraing, Liege in 1951, Dardenne took an interest in political issues from a young age, regularly skipping school to attend strikes and rallies. Forbidden to watch television by his father while growing up, Dardenne then rebelled against his family aged 17 when he moved to Brussels to study acting, where he was taken under the wing of acclaimed playwright Armand Gatti. After serving as an assistant on several theater productions in the early 1970s, Dardenne then teamed up with his sibling to form a documentary production company, Derives, which would set the socially-conscious tone for their career. Having tackled everything from the Nazi resistance to Polish immigration in o... Read More
Directs Golden Globe-nominated "The Kid With A Bike"
Wins Palme d'Or with "Rosetta"
Sets up documentary production company Derives