JAMES GRAY, p.g.a. (Director/Writer/Producer) made his
directorial debut in 1994 at the age of 25 with Little Odessa, a widely
acclaimed film which received the Critics Award at the Deauville Film Festival
as well as the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. That same year, he
received nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature
and Best First Screenplay.
In 2000, Gray wrote and directed The Yards, his second feature and his first
with Joaquin Phoenix, who would become a frequent collaborator, going on to star
in his next three films. The cast also included Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron,
Faye Dunaway, Ellen Burstyn and James Caan. The drama premiered In Competition
at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.
Gray's New York crime drama We Own the Night (2007) starred Mark Wahlberg,
Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall. The film received a Cesar
nomination in 2008 for Best Foreign Film and screened In Competition at the 2007
Cannes Film Festival.
His fourth feature, Two Lovers (2008), received nominations at the
Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director and Best Female Lead. The
Brooklyn-set drama starred Joaquin Phoenix opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa
Shaw and Isabella Rossellini. The film premiered In Competition at the 2008
Cannes Film Festival and went on to receive a CĂ©sar nomination for Best Foreign
Film in 2009.
In May 2013, The Immigrant, which starred frequent collaborator Joaquin
Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner, became his fourth film to premiere
In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, which was released by The
Weinstein Company in May 2014, went on to garner numerous awards including Best
Actress (Marion Cotillard) and Best Cinematography (Darius Khondji) prizes from
the New York Film Critics Circle.
Gray's film The Lost City of Z was based on the best-selling novel by David
Grann and starred Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom
Holland. It had its world premiere as the closing night selection of the 2016
New York Film Festival and was released in theaters by Amazon Studios/Bleecker
Street in April 2017.
Born in New York City, Gray grew up in Queens and attended the University of
Southern California School of Cinema-Television.
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