Director of Irreversible
“With a short (film) you are allowed to do whatever you want. It’s like if you have a girlfriend and she tells you that you can do whatever you want. That’s very exciting.” Gasper Noe
Bald-headed Franco-Argentine filmmaker Gaspar Noé has made some seriously distressing movies during his relatively short career, which generally cope with controversial issues like rape, vengeance, violence, pornography, homophobia, misogyny, bigotry and xenophobia. He has also won several critical awards and festival praise for each of his works. Three of his most famous films are the short Carne (1991), which won a Cannes Film Festival Award and an Avignon Film Festival Award, I Stand Alone (1998), picking up a Cannes Film Festival Award, a Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Award, a Sarajevo Film Festival Award and a Boston Underground Film Festival Awars, and Irreversible (2002), earning a Stockholm Film Festival Award.
Noé is the husband of French filmmaker Lucile Hadzihalilovic.
Childhood and Family:
On December 27, 1963, Gaspar Noé was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the son of the renowned Argentine painter Luis Felipe Noé. Gasper achieved a degree from the Louis Lumière National College. He is married to director-writer-actress Lucile Hadzihalilovic (born May 7, 1961, in Lyon, Rhône, France).
I Stand Alone
Argentinean-born French filmmaker Gaspar Noé made his first short film in 1985 called Tintarella di luna, where he also wrote and served as editor. His father also acted in the film. He wrote and directed Pulpe amère, a six-minute short, two years later and, after a four-year-hiatus, he attracted the attention of public with the acclaimed short Carne, an introduction to the character of the Butcher (played by Philippe Nahon), an angry man who searches for revenge on whoever harm his teenage mentally-handicapped daughter (played by Blandine Lenoir). The film won a SACD Best Short Award from the Cannes Film Festival and a Prix Tournage France from the Avignon Film Festival, as well as receiving a Fantasporto’s International Fantasy Film nomination for Best Film.
Noé then penned and directed Une expérience d'hypnose télévisuelle (1995, TV), served as cinematographer in the award-winning drama film Bouche de Jean-Pierre, La /Parental Guidance (1996), which was helmed and written by wife Lucile Hadzihalilovic, voiced Jean-Marc in the French drama Rocher d’Acapulco, Le (1996) and played the role of Le marchand de merguez casher/Stunned Bypasser in the action/crime film Dobermann (1997). He was back to the director’s chair in 1998 when he helmed Philippe Nahon, Marc Barrow and Coralie in the 7-minute short Sodomites.
It was also in 1998 that Noé eventually made the leap into motion picture. He directed, penned and edited Seul contre tous (I Stand Alone), continuing the story of the Butcher after he does time in prison and deserts his daughter, and earned a number of recognitions for his work in the film. They are a Boston Underground Film Festival for Best of Festival, a Mercedes-Benz from the Cannes Film Festival, a FIPRESCI Prize from the Sarajevo Film Festival and a Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival for Best Screenplay. It also received four nominations, including a Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film, a Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema and a Molodist International Film Festival nominations for Best Film.
In 2002, Noé gained major public notice and infuriate with the controversial Irréversible, especially because of the much-exposed eight-minute rape scene. Starring real-life married couple Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci, the crime/thriller is a cruel look at male violence shown in reverse chronological order. Irréversible nabbed a Bronze Horse at the Stockholm Film Festival, as well as a Cannes Film Festival nod for Golden Palm and a Bodil nomination for Best Non-American Film.
Currently, Noé is working on the film 8 (2007), directing and writing segment “SIDA.”
- Stockholm Film Festival: Bronze Horse, Irréversible, 2002
- Boston Underground Film Festival: Bunny Best of Festival, Seul contre tous(I Stand Alone), 2001
- Cannes Film Festival: Mercedes-Benz-award, Seul contre tous (I Stand Alone), 1998
- Sarajevo Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize, Seul contre tous (I Stand Alone), 1998
- Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival: Best Screenplay, Seul contre tous ( I Stand Alone), 1998
- Cannes Film Festival: SACD Award, Best Short, Carne, 1991
- Avignon Film Festival: Prix Tournage France, Carne, 1991