American director, born in 1961 in Los Angeles.
Passionate about the visual arts since childhood, Todd Haynes studied art and semiotics at Brown University. In 1987, he created the medium-length film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story with Barbie dolls. Since then, he has tirelessly continued to address questions of gender and identity. His first feature film Poison, inspired by Jean Genet, was released in 1991 and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. After Safe (1995), which revealed Julianne Moore, he conjured David Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust period in Velvet Goldmine (1998), then paid homage to Douglas Sirk in Far from Heaven (2002). In 2006, he had six actors play Bob Dylan in I’m Not There then directed the mini series Mildred Pierce (2011) before returning to film in 2015 with Carol, followed by Wonderstruck (2017), each selected for the Official Competition at Cannes.
Superstar : The Karen Carpenter Story (1987) - Poison (1991) - Safe (1995) - Velvet Goldmine (1998) - Far From Heaven (2002) - I’m Not There (2006) - Mildred Pierce (TV mini series) (2011) - Carol (2015) - Wonderstruck (2017)