Jean-Jacques Annaud

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Jean-Jacques Annaud
Jean-Jacques Annaud par Claude Truong-Ngoc février 2015.jpg
Jean-Jacques Annaud in 2015
Born (1943-10-01) 1 October 1943 (age 75)
Draveil, Juvisy-sur-Orge, Essonne, France
Alma mater Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1967–present

Jean-Jacques Annaud (born 1 October 1943) is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for directing Quest for Fire (1981), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Bear (1988), The Lover (1992), Seven Years in Tibet (1997), Enemy at the Gates (2001) and Wolf Totem (2015).

Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including five 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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jean-Jacques Annaud was born on 1 October 1943 in Draveil, Juvisy-sur-Orge, Essonne in France.[2] 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 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.[3] 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.[citation needed]

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.[4] In 2012 however, Annaud was invited to chair the jury at the Shanghai Film Festival. [5]

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.

Annaud with a Mongolian wolf on the set of Wolf Totem

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 most recent project is the film adaptation of the award-winning best-selling Chinese novel Wolf Totem.[6]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Original title
1976 Black and White in Color Yes Yes Noirs et Blancs en couleur or La Victoire en chantant
1979 Hothead Yes Coup de tête
1981 Quest for Fire Yes La Guerre du feu
1986 The Name of the Rose Yes Der Name der Rose or Le Nom de la rose
1988 The Bear Yes L'Ours
1992 The Lover Yes Yes L'Amant
1995 Wings of Courage Yes Yes Yes Guillaumet, les ailes du courage
1997 Seven Years in Tibet Yes Yes Sept ans au Tibet
2001 Enemy at the Gates Yes Yes Yes Stalingrad
2004 Two Brothers Yes Yes Yes Deux frères
2007 His Majesty Minor Yes Yes Yes Sa majesté Minor
2011 Black Gold Yes Yes Day of the Falcon or Or Noir
2015 Wolf Totem Yes Yes Yes French: Le Dernier Loup
Chinese: 狼图腾
2018 Genghis Khan Yes Chinese: 战神纪


Year Title Director Producer Notes
2018 The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair Yes Yes TV mini-series

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "The 49th Academy Awards (1977) Nominees and Winners". Oscars. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Jean-Jacques Annaud - BFI". BFI. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  3. ^ "The 49th Academy Awards (1977) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  4. ^ Rémi Fournier Lanzoni, French cinema: from its beginnings to the present, Continuum International Publishing Group, 2004 p.464 n.7
  5. ^ Landreth, Jonathan (15 June 2012). "Shanghai Film Fest: Q&A with director Jean-Jacques Annaud". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  6. ^ "France's Annaud to direct 'Wolf Totem' in China". 18 August 2009.

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