Bertrand Bonello was born in 1968 in Nice. He began a music career, classically trained, participating in many artist’s albums before turning to cinema and directing.
In 1996, he directed Qui Je Suis – based on Pier Paolo Pasolini, a short creative documentary film. His first feature film Quelque chose d’organique was presented at the 1998 Berlin Festival.
His film Le Pornographe (2001) with Jean-Pierre Léaud was presented at La Semaine Internationale de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.
In 2003, his film Tiresia was presented at the Cannes Film Festival’s Compétition Officielle. He then directed On War, which was presented at la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2008. By now, he was placed in the new generation of European filmmakers.
Three years later, his feature film L’Apollonide / House of Tolerance premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. A dazzling film written, directed and scored by Bonello received critical acclaim and eight nominations at the Césars, making him one of the great directors of the 21st century.
In 2014, he directed Saint Laurent, which was also part of the Compétition Officielle at Cannes. The film represented France at the Oscars and received ten nominations at the Césars. The same year, the Centre George Pompidou dedicated a retrospective to his work, and he also released an album, Accidents.
In parallel, he continued directing short films and musicals: Cindy, The Doll is Mine (2005) which starred Asia Argento and was part of the Sélection Officielle at Cannes, My New Picture (2007), Where The Boys Are (2010), Ingrid Caven: Musique et Voix (2012) all of which were presented at the Locarno Festival, and Sarah Winchester, Opéra Fantôme (2016) for the 3rd scene of the Opéra de Paris.
In 2016, he released Nocturama, his 7th feature film.
His most recent film, Zombi Child, was shot between France and Haiti and premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
ZOMBI CHILD [2019, 103’] (Cannes Film Festival)
NOCTURAMA [2016, 130’] (TIFF)
SAINT LAURENT [2014, 148’] (Cannes Film Festival)
WHERE ARE YOU, BERTRAND BONELLO?
[2014, 17’] (Centre Pompidou)
HOUSE OF TOLERANCE [2011, 125’] (Cannes Film Festival)
ON WAR [2008, 128’] (Cannes Film Festival)
TIRESIA [2003, 115’] (Cannes Film Festival)
THE PORNOGRAPHER [2001, 110’] (Cannes Film Festival)