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Jacques Perrin - Leading figure in theatre and cinema

Jacques Perrin spent his tender years immersed in show business. At the age of 17 he was admitted to the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique, a major drama school. Upon leaving the Conservatoire he got a part in an immensely successful play directed by Yves Robert, L’année du Bac. The film director Valerio Zurlini noticed his performance and cast him opposite Claudia Cardinale in the 1961 production Girl with a suitcase, his first big cinema role. In 1964 he played in Pierre Schoendoerffer’s film The 317th Platoon and then, in 1965, in Costa Gavras’ first film The sleeping car murders.

In 1966 he returned to Italy to film with Vittorio de Seta Almost a man (also released as Half a man) for which he received the Volpi Cup for best actor at the Venice Film Festival in 1967. The same year he played Maxence the sailor in Jacques Demy’s The young girls of Rochefort followed in 1970 by the part of Prince Charming in Donkey skin.

At the age of 27 he founded his own production company, Reggane Films, which later became Galatée Films, and produced Costa Gavras’ film Z. The film was a triumph, winning an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Perrin and Gavras continued to collaborate, producing State of Siege in 1972 and Special Section in 1974.

In 1976 he went back to working with Valerio Zurlini for The desert of the Tartars which he also produced, likewise Jean-Jacques Annaud’s first film Black and White in Color (Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film). He continued acting, achieving some commendable successes such as in Pierre Schoendoerffer’s Drummer Crab (1977) or Cinema Paradiso (1988).

In 1989 the director Gérard Vienne revealed the animal world to him with The Monkey Folk and thereafter Jacques Perrin produced several other films about Nature and animals: Microcosmos in 1996 with Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérenou, then Winged Migration in 1997 in collaboration with Jacques Cluzaud and Michel Debats.

In 1999 he produced Himalaya directed by Eric Valli which obtained two César awards. A few years’ later he produced two films directed by Christophe Barratier: The Chorus and Paris 36.

Oceans, which took 5 years to film, was released in over 30 countries with a total audience of over 10 million people all over the world.

In 2010 Oceans won the César award for Best Documentary Film. 

Resumé

Director

1988
LA MER DE CHINE  Film in the collection Médecins des hommes
directed with A. Corneau, Y. Boisset, M. Bagdadi, L. Heynemann, F. Vancini
2001
WINGED MIGRATION Co-directed with J. Cluzaud and M. Debats
César 2002 Best Editing - Nomination Oscars 2003 Best Documentary
2010
OCEANS Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud
César 2011 Best Documentary
2010
THE EMPIRE OF MID-SOUTH  Jacques Perrin and Eric Deroo
2016
SEASONS  Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud

Producer

1968
Z Costa Gavras
Oscars Best Foreign Language Film and Best Editing – Jury Prize and Best Actor Cannes Film Festival 1969 – Golden Globes 1970 Best Foreign Language Film
1972
LA GUERRE D'ALGERIE  Yves Courrière
1973
ETAT DE SIEGE  Costa Gavras
Grand Prix Cinéma Français – Nomination Golden Globes 1974 Best Foreign Language Film
1974
LA SPIRALE Jacqueline Meppiel, Valérie Mayoux and Armand Mattelard.
Collaboration of Chris Marker and Régis Debray
1975
SPECIAL SECTION   Costa Gavras
Louis-Delluc prize – Best Director Prize at Cannes Film Festival 1975 – Nomination Golden Globes 1976 Best Foreign Language Film
1976
BLACK AND WHITE IN COLOR  Jean-Jacques Annaud
Oscar Best Foreign Language Film
1977
THE DESERT OF THE TARTARS  Valério Zurlini
Grand prix Cinéma Français
Donatello Prize for Best Film and Best Director 
1978
L'ADOPTION  Marc Grunebaum
1981
THE ROARING FORTIES  Christian de Chalonge
1988
THE MONKEY FOLK  Gérard Vienne
Official selection Cannes Film Festival 1989
1990
OUT OF LIFE  Maroun Bagdadi
Jury prize Cannes Film Festival 1991
1992
GUELWAAR  Ousmane Sembene
Gold medal Venice Film Festival 1992
1995
LES ENFANTS DE LUMIERE  Pierre Philippe, André Asséo, Pierre Billard, Alain Corneau, Claude Sautet
One hundred years of French cinema
Cannes Film Festival 1995
1996
MICROCOSMOS  Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou
5 César awards (Photography, Music, Editing, Sound, Best Producer) – Cannes Film Festival 1996
1999
HIMALAYA  Eric Valli
2 César awards (Photography, Music) – Nomination Oscars 2000 Best Foreign Language Film
2001
WINGED MIGRATION  Jacques Perrin, Michel Debats and Jacques Cluzaud
César award 2002 Best Editing - Nomination Oscars 2003 Best Documentary
2002
ELEVEN MINUTES, NINE SECONDS, ONE IMAGE, SEPTEMBER 11TH Collective film by Makhmalbaf, Lelouch, Chahine, Tanovic, Ouedraogo, Loach,  Innaritu, Gitaï, Nair, Penn, Imamura   
2004
THE CHORUS  Christophe Barratier
César award 2004 Best Music – Nominations Oscars 2005 Best Foreign Language Film and Best Song
2008
TABARLY  Pierre Marcel
2008
PARIS 36  Christophe Barratier
Nomination Oscar 2010 : Song by  R.Wagner and F.Thomas
2010
THE EMPIRE OF MID SOUTH  Jacques Perrin et Eric Deroo
2010
OCEANS  Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud
César award 2011 Best Documentary

Bixente Lizarazu

As I was born in the Basque country I was lucky enough to be initiated into water sports at a very early age. My father introduced me to Scuba diving when I was about 10, in Hendaye. It was there that I also learned to surf and to sail. Then I joined a football training centre and from 13 to 16 my life was a daily rhythm of football training and matches. Since I gave up football I’ve been able to satisfy my passion for the sea which has become one of my favourite playgrounds.

For over 20 years now, as I have become increasingly aware of more and more problems with pollution, I have sponsored the Surfrider Foundation and worked with them protecting coasts and oceans and managing waste. Each year, for example, I take part in annual beach clean up campaigns with volunteers and schools.

In 2003 after the sinking of the Prestige and the oil spill that followed I created my own association Liza pour une mer en bleus. In the same spirit I am backing René Heuzey’s initiative and his association An ocean of life.

It’s a simple idea linking the pleasure of diving with the usefulness of cleaning up the ocean bed.

It’s a simple gesture that makes those of us who use the ocean as our playground a little more responsible.