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Patrice Leconte

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Patrice Leconte
Patrice Leconte FICM.jpg
Patrice Leconte in 2018
Born (1947-11-12) 12 November 1947 (age 73)
Paris, France
OccupationFilm director, actor, screenwriter, comic strip writer
Years active1969–present

Patrice Leconte (French: [ləkɔ̃t]; born 12 November 1947) is a French film director, actor, comic strip writer, and screenwriter.

Life and career

Leconte grew up in Tours, and began making little amateur films at 15.[1] He went to Paris in 1967 and studied at Institut des hautes études cinématographiques. While attending film school in the late 1960s, Leconte also worked as a cartoonist, in particular for the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Pilote. He directed his first feature film in 1976, and had a number of major successes with comedy films that were barely distributed outside France. He first came to international attention in 1989 with Monsieur Hire, which was shown at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival[2] and which was a radical departure from his previous work. Although he had already directed more than half a dozen features, many foreign critics, unfamiliar with his previous work, essentially treated him as a newcomer. Since then, he has alternated between films such as Ridicule and L'homme du train which have had success in the international arthouse market, and others, like Les Grands Ducs, whose appeal has been limited to France.

In the 2000s, Patrice Leconte received more recognition in the United States with the successful United States releases of Girl on the Bridge, The Widow of Saint-Pierre, Man on the Train and Intimate Strangers (Paramount Classics released three of these films in the United States[3]). Ryan Mottesheard of IndieWIRE wrote: "you could even argue that no other foreign filmmaker (INCLUDING Pedro Almodóvar) has had as strong of an impact on United States arthouses."[4]

An English language remake of Leconte's film Man on the Train was remade by an independent Hollywood studio in 2011, and two others are in 'development': Intimate Strangers and My Best Friend.[5]

Patrice Leconte's film, The Suicide Shop, was screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California, on April 28 and May 2, 2013.[6]


Year Title Box Office Notes
1969 L'Espace vital / Short
1971 Le Laboratoire de l'angoisse / Short
1973 La Famille heureuse (Famille Gazul) / Short
1976 Les vécés étaient fermés de l'intérieur $3,483,367[7]
1978 French Fried Vacation $17,314,830[8]
1979 French Fried Vacation 2 $11,518,357[9]
1981 Viens chez moi, j'habite chez une copine $21,151,267[10] Nominated - Chicago International Film Festival - Best Feature
1982 Ma femme s'appelle reviens $8,916,300[11]
1983 Circulez y a rien à voir ! $8,133,292[12]
1985 Les Spécialistes $39,896,565[13]
1987 Tandem $4,483,185[14] Nominated - César Award for Best Film
Nominated - César Award for Best Director
Nominated - César Award for Best Writing
1988 Sueurs froides / TV Series (1 Episode)
1989 Monsieur Hire $5,980,540[15] Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - Prix Méliès - Best French Film
Guldbagge Award - Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review Award for Top Foreign Films
Nominated - Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Nominated - César Award for Best Film
Nominated - César Award for Best Director
1990 The Hairdresser's Husband $2,687,602[16] Louis Delluc Prize
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language
Nominated - César Award for Best Film
Nominated - César Award for Best Director
Nominated - César Award for Best Writing
1991 Contre l'oubli / Segment "Pour Alexandre Goldovitch, URSS"
1992 Le batteur du Boléro / Short
Kraków Film Festival - Don Quixote Award
1993 Tango $4,798,440[17]
The King of Ads / Documentary
Segment "Pilote commercial"
1994 Le Parfum d'Yvonne $1,191,270[18]
1995 Lumière and Company / Documentary
Segment "La Ciotat 1996"
1996 Les Grands Ducs $3,755,175[19]
Ridicule $35,519,611[20] BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Chicago International Film Festival - Best Film
César Award for Best Film
César Award for Best Director
David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Foreign Language Film of the Year
Lumières Award for Best Film
National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Society of Texas Film Critics Award - Best Foreign Film
Awards Circuit Community Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Film
Online Film & Television Association - Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Foreign Language Film
1998 Une chance sur deux $7,926,075[21]
1999 Girl on the Bridge $11,171,846[22] Cinemania Film Festival - Audience Award
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Don Quijote Award - Special Mention
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards - Best Foreign Film
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - César Award for Best Director
Nominated - César Award for Best Film
Nominated - Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Crystal Globe
Nominated - Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review Award for Top Foreign Films
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Robert Festival - Best Non-American Film
2000 The Widow of Saint-Pierre $12,990,288[23] Moscow International Film Festival - Russian Film Critics Award
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - American Film Institute - Grand Jury Prize
Nominated - Film Critics Circle of Australia - Best Foreign-Language Film
Nominated - Moscow International Film Festival - Golden St. George
2001 Félix et Lola $480,382[24] Nominated - Berlin International Film Festival - Golden Bear
Nominated - Verona Love Screens Film Festival - Best Film
2002 Rue des Plaisirs $1,873,072[25]
The Man on the Train $7,582,447[26] Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review Award for Top Foreign Films
Venice Film Festival - Audience Award - Best Film
Seattle Film Critics Awards - Best Foreign-Language Film
Nominated - David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film
Nominated - European Film Academy People's Choice Award for Best European Film
Nominated - Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion
Nominated - Central Ohio Film Critics Association - Best Foreign-Language Film
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association - Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
2004 Intimate Strangers $7,460,079[27] Nominated - Berlin International Film Festival - Golden Bear
Nominated - European Film Academy People's Choice Award for Best European Film
Nominated - Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - Grand Prize
Dogora: Ouvrons les yeux / Documentary
2006 French Fried Vacation 3 $83,897,719[28]
My Best Friend $13,186,926[29] Nominated - David di Donatello for Best European Film
2007 Trac / Short
Dix films pour en parler / Short
2008 Beauties at War $3,016,611[30]
2011 Voir la mer $248,092[31] Nominated - Taormina International Film Festival - Golden Tauro
2012 The Suicide Shop $2,229,885[32] Nominated - European Film Academy Young Audience Award
2013 A Promise $385,486[33] Nominated - Magritte Award for Best Foreign Film in Coproduction
2014 Do Not Disturb $7,551,502[34]


  • Lisa Downing, Patrice Leconte (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004)


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  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Monsieur Hire". Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (September 7, 2006). "Foreign-language fare lost in B.O. translation". Variety. Archived from the original on January 9, 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Ryan Mottesheard: Arms Wide Open: Patrice Leconte Talks About "Intimate Strangers in IndieWIRE, July 30, 2004
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