Jean-Pierre Jeunet was born in Roanne, France in 1955. Self-taught, Jeunet started as a director by shooting television commercials, music videos and short films.

An admirer of the works of Tex Avery, Marcel Carné and Jacques Prévert, Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a passionate follower of comics and cartoons. He began his career directing two animated short films with Marc Caro: L'Evasion (The Escape) and Le Manège (The Merry-go-round). In 1985, his short film Pas de repos pour Billy Brakko received many awards on the film festival circuit including: the Grand Prize at the Albi and Epinay Festivals, Villeurbanne Festival Audience Award, Sitges Festival Audience Award, and César Short Film Award.

For Le Bunker de la Dernière Rafale [The Last Burst Bunker], Jeunet and Caro constructed the army and the costumes, down to the smallest details, in a year. Jeunet worked as a film and animation critic for magazines and fanzines like Fantasmagorie, Charlie Mensuel, A Suivre and Fluide Glacial, in which Jeunet made a funny summary of Alien, in the September 1980 issue.

Jeunet launched his feature film career and established himself as a filmmaker, with the international hit comedy ÒDelicatessenÓ. Jeunet co-wrote and co-directed the film with his long time partner Marc Caro. The film received countless awards including Georges de Beauregard Award (Revelations) (1991), European Cinema Award (1991), Felix Award for Best Production Design and Best Costumes, 1992 Cesar Award for Best First Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Production Design, Youth Grand Prize (Best French Film of the Year ? 1992), Martini Rossi Foundation Grand Prize (1992), Tokyo Festival Gold Medal (1991), Victoire Award (1991) ? Best Original Soundtrack, Sitges Fantastic Film Festival Press Awards: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Soundtrack.

Jeunet continued his success with the critically acclaimed film La Cité des Enfants Perdus (The City of Lost Children), a superb dark and poetic fable. Which in 1995, was a Cannes Film Festival Official Selection and nominated by Independent Spirit Awards as best foreign film.

After La Cité des Enfants Perdus, Jean-Pierre was asked by 20th Century Fox to shoot the fourth episode of the Alien Saga: Alien Resurrection. A film, for which he was nominated for a Saturn Award.


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