Philippe Garrel

Philippe Garrel (French: [gaʁɛl]; born 6 April 1948) is a French director, cinematographer, screenwriter, film editor, and producer, associated with the French New Wave movement. His films have won him awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.

Philippe Garrel
Philippe Garrel in 2008
Born (1948-04-06) 6 April 1948
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, film editor, producer, cinematographer
Years active1964–present
Spouse(s)Brigitte Sy
Caroline Deruas-Garrel
ChildrenLouis Garrel
Esther Garrel
Parent(s)Maurice Garrel
RelativesThierry Garrel (brother)

Early life

Philippe Garrel was born in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1948, the son of actor Maurice Garrel and his wife. His brother, Thierry Garrel, is a producer.

The younger Garrel became interested in film and started his career early, influenced by the new work of Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. At the age of 16, Garrel wrote and directed his first film, Les Enfants Désaccordés, in 1964.

Critical recognition

In 1982, Garrel won the Prix Jean Vigo for the film L'Enfant Secret. He won Perspectives du Cinéma Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984 for his 1983 film Liberté, la nuit. Over a ten-year period, Garrel enjoyed a good run of critical recognition at the Venice Film Festival. In 1991, he won a Silver Lion for his film J'entends Plus la Guitare, which was nominated for a Golden Lion. Le vent de la nuit was nominated for a Golden Lion in 1999. Two years later, Sauvage Innocence was nominated for a Golden Lion and won the FIPRESCI Prize. His 2005 film, Les Amants Réguliers, won him the Silver Lion, for Best Director.

Personal life

Garrel met German singer and actress Nico in 1969 when she performed the song "The Falconer" for his film Le Lit de la Vierge (The Virgin's Bed). The couple soon started living together. He first cast Nico in his 1972 film La Cicatrice Intérieure (aka The Inner Scar). Songs from the soundtrack were included in Nico's album Desertshore, which featured stills from the film on the front and back covers. Nico was featured in a number of Garrel's films after this. Their ten-year relationship ended in 1979.

Garrel and actress Brigitte Sy are the parents of actors Louis Garrel and Esther Garrel.

He is married to actress-writer Caroline Deruas.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Les enfants désaccordés Writer/director/editor
1965 Droit de visite Writer/director
1967 Marie pour mémoire Writer/director/editor
1968 Anémone Writer/director/actor
1968 La Concentration Writer/director/producer/co-editor/art director
1968 Le révélateur Writer/director/editor/producer
1968 Actua 1 Director
1969 Le lit de la Vierge Writer/director/actor/editor/producer
1972 La cicatrice intérieure Writer/director/actor/editor/producer Starring Nico
1972 Athanor Writer/director/editor/producer Starring Nico
1974 Les Hautes solitudes Writer/director/editor/producer Starring Jean Seberg, Nico
1975 Un ange passe Writer/director/producer/cinematographer/editor
1975 Le berceau de cristal Writer/director/actor/editor/producer/cinematographer Starring Pierre Clémenti, Dominique Sanda, Nico, Anita Pallenberg
1978 Voyage au jardin des morts Writer/director/editor/producer
1979 L'enfant secret Writer/director/actor/editor/producer Shot in 1979. Not completed until 1982.
1979 Le bleu des origines Writer/director/actor/cinematographer/editor/producer
1983 Liberté, la nuit Writer/director/editor Starring Maurice Garrel
1984 Paris vu par... vingt ans après Writer/director Segment Rue Fontaine; starring Jean-Pierre Léaud
1985 Elle a passé tant d'heures sous les Sunlights... Writer/director/editor/producer/actor
1989 Les Ministères de l'art Director Documentary on post Nouvelle Vague directors with Benoît Jacquot, André Téchiné, Jacques Doillon, Chantal Akerman, Werner Schroeter, Juliette Berto, Leos Carax and footage of Jean Eustache
1989 Les baisers de secours Writer/director/actor
1991 J'entends plus la guitare Writer/director
1993 La Naissance de l'amour (The Birth of Love) Writer/director Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Lou Castel
1996 Le coeur fantôme (The Phantom Heart) Writer/director
1999 Le vent de la nuit (Night Wind) Writer/director Starring Catherine Deneuve
2001 Sauvage Innocence (Wild Innocence) Writer/director
2004 Regular Lovers Writer/director Starring Louis Garrel
2008 Frontier of Dawn Writer/director Starring Louis Garrel
2011 A Burning Hot Summer Writer/director Starring Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel
2013 Jealousy Writer/director Starring Louis Garrel and Anna Mouglalis
2015 L'Ombre des femmes Writer/director Starring Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau
2017 Lover for a Day Writer/director Starring Esther Garrel
2019 Le sel des larmes Writer/director


  1. "Philippe Garrel: entretien avec un être brûlant". Les Inrockuptibles. Retrieved 27 September 2014.


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