Biography

Annaud was born in Juvisy-sur-Orge, Essonne. 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.

He 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 he 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.[citation needed]

For Seven Years in Tibet, a film adaptation of the life of Heinrich Harrer, he has received a lifelong denial of entry to China, as have starring actors Brad Pitt and David Thewlis.

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.

His latest work was filmed in the year 2006, a film known by the name His Majesty Minor, which was filmed in Benitatxell and Benigembla, basically in the district of the Marina Alta, which is located in the Valencian Community.

Annaud's next project will be the film adaptation of the award-winning best-selling Chinese novel Wolf Totem.

Annaud was born in Juvisy-sur-Orge, Essonne. 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.

He 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 he 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.[citation needed]

For Seven Years in Tibet, a film adaptation of the life of Heinrich Harrer, he has received a lifelong denial of entry to China, as have starring actors Brad Pitt and David Thewlis.

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.

His latest work was filmed in the year 2006, a film known by the name His Majesty Minor, which was filmed in Benitatxell and Benigembla, basically in the district of the Marina Alta, which is located in the Valencian Community.

Annaud's next project will be the film adaptation of the award-winning best-selling Chinese novel Wolf Totem.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 19

Birthday 1943-10-01

Place of Birth Draveil, Essonne, Île-de-France, France

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Also Known As

  • Jean Jacques Annaud

Directing TV ShowsMovies

2018 The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (10 episodes)Director
2015 Wolf Totem Director
2011 Black Gold Director
2007 His Majesty Minor Director
2004 Two Brothers Director
2001 Enemy at the Gates Director
1997 Seven Years in Tibet Director
1996 Wings of Courage Director
1992 The Lover Director
1991 The King of Ads Director
1988 The Bear Director
1986 The Name of the Rose Director
1981 Quest for Fire Director
1979 Hothead Director
1976 Black and White in Color Director

Writing

2015 Wolf Totem Screenplay
2011 Black Gold Adaptation
2004 Two Brothers Screenplay
2001 Enemy at the Gates Screenplay
1996 Wings of Courage Screenplay
1992 The Lover Screenplay

Acting

2013 Fantasmes! - Sexe, Fiction et Tentations as Himself
2012 Der Bernd as himself
2009 La traversée du désir
1951 Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) (1 episode) as himself

Production

2004 Two Brothers Producer
2001 Enemy at the Gates Producer
1997 Seven Years in Tibet Producer
1996 Wings of Courage Producer

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