JEAN-JACQUES ANNAUD Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Name: Jean-Jacques Annaud                                                             
Born: 1 October 1943 Essonne, Île-de-France, France                                   
Jean-Jacques Annaud (born October 1, 1943) is a French film director.                 
Annaud was born in Juvisy-sur-Orge, a southern suburb of Paris, France.               
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 was awarded an Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film.                     
His third film Quest for Fire (La Guerre du feu) received two Césars for the         
best film and the best director.                                                       
In 1986 he directed The Name of the Rose (film), a film adaptation of Umberto         
Eco's popular novel of the same name. The film version, with screenplay written       
by Andrew Birkin, won 2 BAFTA Film Awards and was the subject of another 14 wins       
& 2 nominations. Jean-Jacques Annaud spent four years preparing 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 life-long fascination with medieval       
churches and a great familiarity with Latin and Greek, rooted in his background.       
For Seven Years in Tibet, a film adaptation of the life of Heinrich Harrer, he         
has received a life-long denial of entry to China, as have starring actors Brad       
Pitt and David Thewlis.                                                               
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 Country.