French director, born in Roubaix in 1960.
After studying at the University of Paris III, Arnaud Desplechin attended the IDHEC in 1980. He then worked as a director of photography, notably on short films by Eric Rochant. In 1991, he made a sensational entrance onto the French film scene by directing, several months apart, La Vie des Morts (Prix Jean Vigo 1991) and The Sentinel, in competition at Cannes in 1992. He then made My Sex Life... or How I Got into an Argument and Esther Kahn, his first film in English. He received the Prix Louis Delluc in 2004 for Kings and Queen, a huge success with critics and audiences alike. In 2012, he directed his first film in the United States, Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, based on the book by ethno-psychoanalyst Georges Devereux. His most recent film, My Golden Days, presented in Cannes at the Directors’ Fortnight earned him the César for Best Director in 2016. Deception, an adaptation of Philip Roth's novel of the same name, will be presented at Cannes in 2021.
La Vie des morts (1991) – The Sentinel (1992) – My Sex Life... or How I Got into an Argument (1996) – Esther Kahn (2000) – Playing 'in the company of men (2003) – Kings and Queen (2004) – The Beloved (2007) – A Christmas Tale (2008) – Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) (2013) – My Golden days (2015) – Ismael's Ghost (2017) – Oh Mercy! (2019) – Deception (2021)