Philippe Garrel

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Philippe Garrel
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Garrel in 2008
Born (1948-04-06) 6 April 1948 (age 73)
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, film editor, producer, cinematographer
Years active1964–present
Spouse(s) Brigitte Sy (divorced)
Caroline Deruas-Garrel
Partner(s) Nico (19691979)
Children Louis Garrel
Esther Garrel
Parent(s) Maurice Garrel

Philippe Garrel (French:  [gaʁɛl] ; born 6 April 1948) is a French director, cinematographer, screenwriter, film editor, and producer, associated with the French New Wave movement. His films have won him awards at Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.


Early life

Philippe Garrel was born in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1948, the son of actor Maurice Garrel and his wife. His brother, Thierry Garrel, is a producer.

The younger Garrel became interested in film and started his career early, influenced by the new work of Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. At the age of 16, Garrel wrote and directed his first film, Les Enfants désaccordés, in 1964.


In 1982, Garrel won the Prix Jean Vigo for the film L'Enfant secret. He won Perspectives du Cinéma Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984 for his 1983 film Liberté, la nuit. Over a ten-year period, Garrel enjoyed a good run of critical recognition at the Venice Film Festival. In 1991, he won a Silver Lion for his film J'entends plus la guitare, which was nominated for a Golden Lion. Le Vent de la nuit was nominated for a Golden Lion in 1999. Two years later, Sauvage Innocence was nominated for a Golden Lion and won the FIPRESCI Prize. His 2005 film, Les Amants réguliers , won him the Silver Lion, for Best Director.

Personal life

Garrel met German singer and actress Nico in 1969 when she performed the song "The Falconer" for his film Le Lit de la Vierge (The Virgin's Bed). The couple soon started living together. He first cast Nico in his 1972 film La Cicatrice intérieure (aka The Inner Scar). Songs from the soundtrack were included in Nico's album Desertshore , which featured stills from the film on the front and back covers. Nico was featured in a number of Garrel's films after this. Their ten-year relationship ended in 1979.

Garrel and actress Brigitte Sy are the parents of actors Louis Garrel and Esther Garrel.

He is married to actress-writer Caroline Deruas. [1]


1964Les Enfants désaccordésWriter/director/editorShort
1965Droit de visiteWriter/directorShort
1967Marie pour mémoireWriter/director/editor
1968La ConcentrationWriter/director/producer/co-editor/art director
1968 Le Révélateur Writer/director/editor/producer
1968Actua 1Director
1969Le Lit de la ViergeWriter/director/actor/editor/producer
1972 La Cicatrice intérieure Writer/director/actor/editor/producerStarring Nico
1972AthanorWriter/director/editor/producerShort. Starring Nico
1974Les Hautes SolitudesWriter/director/editor/producerStarring Jean Seberg, Nico
1975Un ange passeWriter/director/producer/cinematographer/editor
1975Le Berceau de cristalWriter/director/actor/editor/producer/cinematographerStarring Pierre Clémenti, Dominique Sanda, Nico, Anita Pallenberg
1978Voyage au jardin des mortsWriter/director/editor/producer
1979L'Enfant secretWriter/director/actor/editor/producerShot in 1979. Not completed until 1982.
1979Le Bleu des originesWriter/director/actor/cinematographer/editor/producer
1983Liberté, la nuitWriter/director/editorStarring Maurice Garrel, Christine Boisson & Emmanuelle Riva
1984Paris vu par... vingt ans aprèsWriter/directorSegment Rue Fontaine; starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Christine Boisson
1985Elle a passé tant d'heures sous les sunlights...Writer/director/editor/producer/actor
1989Les Ministères de l'artDirectorDocumentary on post Nouvelle Vague directors with Benoît Jacquot, André Téchiné, Jacques Doillon, Chantal Akerman, Werner Schroeter, Juliette Berto, Leos Carax and footage of Jean Eustache
1989Les Baisers de secoursWriter/director/actor
1991 J'entends plus la guitare Writer/director
1993 La Naissance de l'amour (The Birth of Love)Writer/directorStarring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Lou Castel
1996Le Cœur fantôme (The Phantom Heart)Writer/director
1999 Le Vent de la nuit (Night Wind)Writer/directorStarring Catherine Deneuve
2001 Sauvage Innocence (Wild Innocence)Writer/director
2004 Les Amants réguliers (Regular Lovers)Writer/directorStarring Louis Garrel
2008 La Frontière de l'aube (Frontier of Dawn)Writer/directorStarring Louis Garrel
2011 Un été brûlant (A Burning Hot Summer)Writer/directorStarring Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel
2013 La Jalousie (Jealousy)Writer/directorStarring Louis Garrel and Anna Mouglalis
2015 L'Ombre des femmes (In the Shadow of Women)Writer/directorStarring Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau
2017 L'Amant d'un jour (Lover for a Day)Writer/directorStarring Esther Garrel
2020 Le Sel des larmes (The Salt of Tears)Writer/director

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  1. "Philippe Garrel: entretien avec un être brûlant". Les Inrockuptibles. Retrieved 27 September 2014.