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Jacob Berger
Jacob Berger 2016.jpg
Berger in 2016
Born1963 (age 57–58)
Alma materNew York University
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1990 - present
Parent(s)John Berger (father), Anya Bostock-Berger (mother)

Jacob Berger (born 1963) is a Swiss film director and screenwriter. His 1990 film Angels was entered into the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.;[1] his second motion picture A Loving Father (2002), reunited Gérard Depardieu and his son Guillaume Depardieu; That Day won Best Director at the 2007 Montreal International Film Festival and "A Jew Must Die", his 2017 motion picture earned Bruno Ganz a Swiss Film Award for best actor.


Jacob Berger is of English and Russian descent, born in Lydney, England, in 1963. He is the son of the English painter and author John Berger and translator Anya Bostock-Berger.

After studying at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a first short film titled A Name for Her Desire, Jacob Berger filmed his first full-length motion picture, Angels, in Barcelona, with Steven Weber, Belinda Becker, Féodor Atkine and Angela Molina. The film was presented for official competition at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1990.

In 1991 he directed a TV movie, Jour Blanc, in the Swiss Alps with Heinz Benent, Jean-Yves Berteloot et Fabienne Périneau. The film won the Prix de la Fiction at the Antibes Film Festival.

Between 1992 and 1995, he directed a number of documentaries for Radio Télévision Suisse, including "La Revanche d'Allah", "La Complainte du Moscovite", "la Croisade d'un conseiller fédéral", "Brigade des Moeurs", "Les Renards de Kaboul", "La Croatie ou la Mort", and several other award-winning programs.

Between 1995 and 2000, he directed a dozen TV features for Swiss and French TV, among which "Un enfant de trop" (1995), "Rachel et ses amours" (1996), "Le Roi en son moulin" (1997) and "Un cadeau, la vie" (1998). He also directed various episodes of series such as Nestor Burma, Julie Lescaut and Joséphine Ange Gardien.

In 2001–2002, he writes and directs his second motion picture film, A Loving Father, with Gérard Depardieu, Guillaume Depardieu and Sylvie Testud, presented for official competition and the Locarno International Film Festival in 2002.

Between 2004 and 2006, Jacob Berger directs a TV documentary series about Franco Dragone, of Cirque du Soleil fame, and his new show O, which premiered in 2006 in Las Vegas.

In 2007, he writes and directs motion picture "1 journée", with Natacha Régnier, Bruno Todeschini and Noémie Kocher. The film premières at the Locarno International Film Festival and wins Best Director at the Montreal International Film Festival.

Between 2009 and 2012, Jacob Berger creates and takes part in a 3 minutes visual op-ed on the evening news program of Radio Television Suisse on Friday nights, called "Le Regard du cinéaste".

In 2010, he co-writes "Operation Libertad" with Nicolas Wadimoff, which is shown at Canne's Director's Fortnight.

In 2012, he directs his first major theatre show, "Aminata", at Théâtre de Vidy".

In 2017, his fourth motion picture "Un Juif pour l'exemple" earns actor Bruno Ganz a Swiss National Award for his performance as Arthur Bloch, a Swiss Jewish cattle dealer, murdered by Swiss nazis in 1942 in the small town of Payerne.

In 2019, he co-writes and directs TV feature "Dévoilées", which is broadcast by Radio Télévision Suisse and Arte.

In 2019–2020, he cowrites and directs a TV series for Radio Télévision Suisse, "Cellule de crise", with André Dussollier

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1990 Programme". Retrieved 16 March 2011.

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