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Feature film director, commercial director, and award-winning music video director,
MICHEL GONDRY, often surprises himself with his own extraordinary ideas. Not one to limit himself to a single creative outlet, Gondry embraces each endeavor with the same creative flourish and always looks to entertain his audience with his latest idea or dream. Gondry also recently received a 2005 Academy Award for his original screenplay for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for which he created the story alongside Charlie Kaufman and Pierre Bismuth.
Gondry is currently in post production on Tokyo, a triptych film telling three stories about the iconic city. Gondry will join French director Leos Carax and South Korean director Bong Joon-ho on the project. Paris-based Comme des Cinemas is producing.
Gondry's recent film, The Science of Sleep, world-premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by Warner Independent Pictures. The critical darling of the festival stars Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) in a sentimental comedy about a day dreamer (Bernal) who falls in love with his lovely neighbor (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and starts to confuse his dreams with reality. Earlier this year, Focus Feature's Rogue Films released the critically acclaimed Dave Chappelle's Block Party, which Gondry developed and produced with Dave Chappelle. Dave Chappelle's Block Party was filmed in September 2004 in the streets of New York City and features performances by Dave Chappelle, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, The Roots, Common, Dead Prez and a special reunion of The Fugees.
2004 marked the release of Gondry's much-lauded, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, as a couple attempting to rescue their failing relationship by having their bad memories erased. Eternal was the second collaboration between Gondry and the Academy Award-winning writer Charlie Kaufman, with whom he conceptualized the story. The film was released theatrically on March 19, 2004 by Focus Features and on DVD in September of the same year. It went on to become one of the best reviewed films of 2004.
In 2003, Gondry saw the successful launch of The Work of Director Michel Gondry, which features a DVD collection of his work as well as a book which includes Michel's stories, drawings, photographs and interviews. Included on the DVD is the personal full-length documentary, I've Been 12 Forever. The film highlights interviews with some of Gondry's previous collaborators, including Björk, Daft Punk, Beck and Dave Grohl. Gondry himself appears in the film describing the inspiration behind many of his projects. Additionally, in an effort to highlight his personal influences, there are upfront interviews with family members, including his mother and young son, Paul, who is an aspiring creative force in his own right. The DVD was released under the newly launched Directors Label under the Palm Pictures banner in November 2003 and has since been well-reviewed by critics and embraced by both the filmmaking and music communities.
Human Nature, Gondry's first film, premiered at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival and to U.S. audiences at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, before being released by Fine Line Features in April 2002. Human Nature, starring Patricia Arquette and Tim Robbins, is a philosophic look at the sometimes tragic, but quite human, interplay between an abnormally hirsute author, a feral young man, a kindly electrolysist, a repressed rodent researcher and his nubile French assistant.
When not contemplating the politics of personal relationships or body hair, Gondry is a highly regarded commercial and music video director. One of his first commercials, Levis' "Drugstore" (1994), garnered the Lion D'Or at Cannes and is listed in th
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