Jean-Jacques Annaud (born 1 October 1943) is a French film director, producer, and screenwriter, best known for directing Quest for Fire (1981), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Lover (1991), and Seven Years in Tibet (1997). Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including four César Awards, one David di Donatello Award, and one National Academy of Cinema Award. Annaud's first film, Black and White in Color (1976), received an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Jean-Jacques Annaud was born on 1 October 1943 in Juvisy-sur-Orge, Essonne in France. He was educated at the technical school in Vaugirard, and in 1964 graduated from the prestigious film school Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (IDHEC) in Paris. Annaud is a devout follower of the Roman Catholic religion.
Annaud began his career by directing television advertisements in the late 1960s to early 1970s. In his first feature film, Black and White in Color from 1976, he used personal experience obtained during his own military service in Cameroon. The film won an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film. His third film Quest for Fire (La Guerre du feu) received two Césars for best film and best director.
In 1986, Annaud directed The Name of the Rose, a film adaptation of Umberto Eco's popular novel of the same name. The film version, with a screenplay written by Andrew Birkin, won two BAFTA Film Awards and was the subject of another 14 wins & two nominations. Jean-Jacques Annaud spent four years preparing for the film, traveling throughout the United States as well as Europe, searching for the perfect cast and film set locations. He supposedly felt personally intrigued by the project, among other things because of a lifelong fascination with medieval churches and a great familiarity with Latin and Greek.
For Seven Years in Tibet, a film adaptation of the life of Heinrich Harrer, he reportedly received a lifelong denial of entry to China, along with starring actors Brad Pitt and David Thewlis. In 2012 however, Annaud was invited to chair the jury at the Shanghai Film Festival. 
In 2000 he wrote and produced Running Free directed by Sergei Bodrov. He also directed the 2001 film Enemy at the Gates, detailing the exploits of Vassili Zaitsev during the Battle of Stalingrad.
In 2006 Annaud started filming His Majesty Minor, a fantasy-comedy which was filmed in Benitatxell and Benigembla, basically in the district of the Marina Alta, which is located in the Valencian Community.
His latest film is Black Gold, an epic drama set in the 1930s Arab states which premiered in 2011. The film was filmed in Tunisia and Qatar.
Annaud's next project will be the film adaptation of the award-winning best-selling Chinese novel Wolf Totem.
Awards and nominations
Thu, 30 May 2013 12:00:12 -0700
As soon as he finishes his coffee in Cannes, Jean-Jacques Annaud will take a plane to Paris, then another to Beijing, then a third to Inner Mongolia. There he will drive for six hours to Ölgii and the set of his new film, a 1960s-set steppes epic. It's ...
Wall Street Journal (press release)
Fri, 31 May 2013 06:08:05 -0700
The film is in production in Inner Mongolia, China and is being directed by acclaimed French director Jean-Jacques Annaud (ENEMY AT THE GATES, THE NAME OF THE ROSE). The novel "Wolf Totem" was written by Jiang Rong based on his experiences ...
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:17:01 -0700
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Bear)."A strong tiger-centered story drives this endearing drama which takes cute and runs with it, climbs up trees with it, sucks your thumbs with it." (Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card) ShowPlace West.
Alt Film Guide (blog)
Alt Film Guide (blog)
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:59:56 -0700
TheWrap adds that Brad Pitt, the star of Jean-Jacques Annaud's Seven Years in Tibet, could be another obstacle for the World War Z release. However, Seven Years in Tibet came out in 1997; most people, including censors, can't remember what happened a ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:17:09 -0700
Même s'il s'agit souvent de petites “2 CV” face aux “grosses Chevrolet” hollywoodiennes, selon la comparaison faite par le réalisateur Jean-Jacques Annaud. “La 2 CV a toutefois son charme et elle constitue non pas une alternative, mais l'alternative ...
Fri, 24 May 2013 20:27:35 -0700
Send EmailPrinter. Close-up to 120-year-old Huynh Thuy Le house in Can Tho. VietNamNet Bridge – Nearly 30 years ago the French film director Jean Jacques Annaud went to the Mekong Delta Province of Dong Thap to shoot scenes for his film "The Lover.
Sun, 26 May 2013 17:24:19 -0700
"Enemy at the Gates" (2001) Jean-Jacques Annaud directed this rarity -- a major release about World War II's Eastern Front. The largely fictionalized "based on a true story" film centers on a Vasily Zaitsev, a lowly Red Army soldier who become a feared ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 01:55:37 -0700
Parmi ces œuvres, on peut citer “Or noir” (2011) de Jean-Jacques Annaud ; le dernier film d'Alexandre Arcady “Ce que le jour doit à la nuit” (2012), une adaptation du roman de Yasmina Khadra. Au programme aussi, une série de courts métrages tunisiens, ...
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