Born: in Engis, Wallonia, Belgium
After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business.
Full name: Luc Dardenne
Born: in Awirs, Wallonia, Belgium
Years active: 1967–present
The Dardennes began making narrative and documentary films in the late 1970s. They came to international attention in the mid-1990s with La Promesse (The Promise). They won their first major international film prize when Rosetta won the Palme d’Or at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2002, Olivier Gourmet won Best Actor at Cannes for the Dardennes’ Le Fils (The Son) In 2005, they won the Palme d’Or a second time for their film L’Enfant (The Child), putting them in an elite club, at the time, of only seven. Their film, Le silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence), won Best Screenplay at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was released in Europe in the fall. Their latest film The Kid with a Bike won the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and received eight Magritte Award nominations. Jean-Pierre was the jury president for the Cinéfoundation and Short Films sections of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.