Building a Career in Unconventional Storytelling

An Interview With Jaco Van Dormael



Writer-director Jaco Van Dormael’s most recent film, The Brand New Testament (2016), starring Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, and Catherine Deneuve, was nominated for six awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture–Foreign Language, and the European Film Award–European Comedy.

His first short film won the Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards (1981), and his first feature, Toto the Hero (1991), won the Golden Camera Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His second feature, The Eighth Day (1996), was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and his two leading actors, Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne, ...

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