Luc Dardenne: “We hope to surprise the audience by offering possibilities that they didn’t expect anymore”

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (b. 1951 and 1954) are a celebrated sibling filmmaker team from Belgium that rose to fame in 1999 when they won their first of two Golden Palms at the Cannes Film Festival with “Rosetta,” which also launched the career of then 17-year old and debuting screen actress Émilie Dequenne.

Since then, career wise, the Dardennes never made a wrong step. While at first their camerawork was characterized by its visual rawness – they loved a good hand-held camera – and they often trailed behind the subject, they gradually embraced more gentle camera movements and made them gentle for the eye. But some things don’t change. Their precise and astonishing craftsmanship allows them time and time again to be at the peak of their powers in their stunning and perfectly observed fiction dramas set around the declining industrial town of Seraing in the suburbs of the Belgian city of Liège – in their films almost a character in its own right. Avoiding melodrama, sensation, special effects, action sequences or even a musical score, are other signature strengths of the renowned filmmakers.

Luc Dardenne introducing “Two Days, One Night” at the Brussels Flagey earlier this month. Photograph: Leo Verswijver

To describe a Dardenne film is easy and difficult at the same time. In each of their movies, you won’t find anything but superbly played scenes by incredibly talented actors, ranging from local non-professionals to some of the biggest stars, you get intense powerhouse to quietly driven performances, and characters that can be – or are – thoughtful and sensitive in their hard-bitten environment and realism. Which means the Dardenne narratives are always poignant and very much worthwhile, and that makes them masters of European realism in cinema when it comes to profoundly human moral tales with strong female characters. In other words, any Dardenne film sells itself to the outside world not only because of their impeccable casting or the strength of their drama, it’s simply because of their own cinematographic DNA.

They have a specific working method of their own which involves intense preparation, and a rehearsal period which can last up to four weeks or more. But once they start shooting, they start from scratch. “We do pretty much what we’ve been rehearsing, but not always: the rehearsals help us to modify certain details,” they once told me.

The Dardenne brothers, one of the world’s most celebrated sibling filmmaker teams: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. Photograph: Leo Verswijver

With of their impressive body of work so far, a retrospective of their films recently wrapped up at the Brussels Flagey. Luc Dardenne, half of the creative team, introduced all of their films the past months. Due to health issues, I only got to attend their three latest films screened at the Flagey recently, each one introduced by Mr. Dardenne.

So here they are, each one a wonderful work of art, along with comments. For the record, Mr. Dardenne’s introductions are edited and condensed.

“Le gamin au vélo” (2011, a.k.a. “The Kid With a Bike”)

First of all, let’s not beat around the bush. “Movies like this one [“The Kid With a Bike”] will still be watched and admired, decades from now… The Dardennes gift for shattering simplicity still seems akin to magic,” Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic Joe Morgenstern wrote in The Wall Street Journal. As it turned out, the film was a new empathic film by the Dardenne brothers whose no-nonsense approach niche is telling their vibrant and timeless stories movingly, heartrending and heartfelt. “Seeking a father, finding humanity,” was the headline of The New York Times film review on March 15, 2012. That’s what the film – or any Dardenne film really – is all about.

A Palm d’Or nominee and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as a Golden Globe nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category, “The Kid With a Bike” delves into the emotional life of an eleven-year old boy Cyril (played by Thomas Doret) who falls into the protective arms of a loving hairdresser (Cécile de France), his foster mother on weekends, after his father (Jérémie Renier) has abandoned him at a children’s home. Cyril then almost obsessively searches for his bike, his last bit of hope of his relationship with his father. By enlisting Cécile de France, this tremendously moving drama is the first Dardenne feature to center on an established actress.

Luc Dardenne: “First of all, we don’t make our films for ourselves, we always hope people will be moved by our stories. So when we construct our scenes, we hope to surprise the audience by offering possibilities that they didn’t expect anymore.

In this film, Cécile de France plays a hairdresser, her hair salon is a place where people meet, it’s a place with huge windows, perfect for someone who is a member of the community, and who knows the people who live down the street. So when she decides to take care of this boy, she also gives him enough space to make sure he gets some time to adjust, because he’s really looking for his father, not a mother figure. Since we’re all human beings, we decided to focus on the love between those people, and ignore the anger or violence. And they both were a great team: Cécile was wonderful to work with, and the boy in his first screen role was very much at ease.

It was the first time we shot a film during the summer, and we even had a musical score. We always thought, only if we need music, we’ll use it, so now we had a little bit of Beethoven’s concerto number five. When I was writing the screenplay, I was listening to it, and it had a kind of a tenderness to it, our editor [Marie-Hélène Dozo] also liked it, and that’s how it happened. When you get an idea for a film, you have to try it, experiment, look at the film and see if or how it works. Like when we decided to use a bike, it’s a very important ‘prop’ that connects all the main characters.”

Belgian-born star of French cinema, Cécile de France, with Thomas Doret who plays the kid with the bike

“Deux jours, une nuit” (2014, a.k.a. “Two Days, One Night”)

Marion Cotillard plays Sandra, an employee in a company that makes solar panels, and who shares a modest townhouse with her loving, patient husband (Fabrizio Rongione) and their two sweet-natured children. But they also need her income to make ends meet. The film follows her as she fights to win her factory job back, after her co-workers agreed to receive a bonus of € 1,000 in exchange for her dismissal. The only way she can regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their bonuses over the course of a weekend.

“Two Days, One Night” is a straightforward film and an intimate tragedy starring French Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard in a rousing and compelling performance, virtually devoid of any makeup, and with her hair pulled back in a messy ponytail. An acclaimed actress on both sides of the Atlantic, Ms. Cotillard is an exquisitely subtle actress, with expressive eyes and a face that are made for quiet and subdued suffering. Her performance earned her an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress.

Luc Dardenne: “The origin of the story can be traced back to something that happened in France in the early 1990s. We had read about a union member in a factory who went on a holiday, and when he returned to work, one of his team members wasn’t working there anymore. He didn’t understand what really happened, and he then learned that this man worked too slowly, he had been ill too, didn’t always show up at work, and the production unit had lost money because of him. In exchange for a financial bonus for the other team members, they decided to let this man go. We never forgot this story, and about ten years later, we were considering to write a screenplay about it.

Our main character in the film is Sandra, a woman who doesn’t believe in fighting anymore, but she still finds the enthusiasm to regain her strength. She’s vulnerable, but with her husband by her side, it’s also the story of a couple, especially since he coaches her and encourages her to go on, hoping she’ll get her job back.

There’s also a sort of suspense involved, since it’s a race against time, something we’ve never done before. She only has two days and one night, one weekend, to convince her co-workers to vote in her favor. And if she’s allowed to get her job back, they will lose their bonus. The suspense involves which co-workers she will meet, how will they react, and will they support her or turn her down.

Our films have no special effects, and we work with a limited cast and crew. Casting a star such as Marion Cotillard didn’t change that. We first met her when we co-produced another film of hers, “De rouille et d’os” [a.k.a. “Rust and Bone,” 2012] and when we talked to her [about “Two Days, One Night”], we told her we have an approach of our own, and if she would be willing to work with us, would she agree with that. We have no private drivers or limousines, no trailers for the actors, everybody has lunch together, our films are a team effort. Actors must be able to be on their own if they wish, of course, but we treat everyone the same. If we have a shooting schedule of ten weeks, we need fourteen weeks because we also rehearse for a few weeks. In that case, she had to be available the whole time, without any other obligations. And that’s exactly what she did, she was very loyal, she stayed with us, and didn’t take a private jet or anything to leave us for a few days. As a result of working with Marion Cotillard, there are now other actors who told us directly or indirectly they would like to work with us.”

The Dardenne brothers at their best, by casting a local, unknown actor and a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning star in a superbly played scene: Timur Magomedgadzhiev as a football coach during the weekend, confronted by his co-worker Marion Cotillard who desparately tries to hang on to her job in “Two Days, One Night”

“La fille inconnue” (2016, a.k.a. “The Unknown Girl”)

Jenny (rising French César-winning star Adèle Haenel) is a brilliant and idealistic young doctor in the area of the Dardenne’s favorite location Seraing, near Liège, where she takes up a community practice in a lower-class neighborhood. At the end of a stressful day, she ignores a buzz from an unidentified immigrant woman on her intercom after hours, a decision that will leave her racked with guilt for the rest of the picture. Haunted by her death, as she will find out later, she’s tormented by and coping with the thought that if she only had opened that door, the woman would still be alive – that’s the theme in the Dardenne brothers’ latest picture, up until now. In this powerful guilt and redemption saga, the guilt-stricken doctor starts digging up as much information as possible about the deceased immigrant.

“The Unknown Girl” is a rewarding and in-depth character study by the Dardennes, making it another top tier of the writer-directors’ work. Like Marion Cotillard’s character of Sandra in “Two Days, One Night,” Jenny is almost on a door-to-door mission, committed to a personal crusade, to do the right thing. The film is another perfect example of what the Dardennes are world-wide renowned for: making moving, socially acute and realistic dramas.

Luc Dardenne: “We all know that doctors help their patients, they save and rescue them. But what happens to them if they for whatever reason ignore or overlook a patient? How would they feel if something happens to him or her? How will they react and respond? That was our main topic. And on top of that, in this film, the unknown girl was a black woman, probably from Africa, and she died, which makes things so much worse. The police starts to investigate her death, and it’s an investigation that the doctor can easily identify with because she also wants to know who this unknown girl was and what really happened to her. But it doesn’t turn the film into police thriller with a complex investigation.

Basically, what interested us was how one person can be responsible for the death of another person, and what happens then. How will other people react, because they might say or think, ‘I didn’t see anything, I didn’t hear anything, it’s none of my business.’ But you see people change, as the doctor too wants to figure out by herself what really happened to this girl. The job of the policeman, the doctor, caretakers, they’re all connected in a certain way. They all want to look after her. They can’t save her anymore, it’s too late for that, because she already passed away. But now they want to make sure she won’t die a second time. They want to find out her identity, who she was, what her name was, and make sure that at least she existed and can live on in their memory. It would be dreadful if she would simply disappear like that and leave no trace at all.”

Adèle Haenel as Jenny, the young guilt-ridden doctor who tries to find out what happened to the unknown girl

1. FILMS OF JEAN-PIERRE AND LUC DARDENNE AS DIRECTORS – SCREENWRITERS – PRODUCERS

FALSCH (1987) DIR – SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne CAM Walther Van den Ende, Yves Vandermeeren ED Denise Vindevogel MUS Jan Franssen, Jean-Marie Billy CAST Bruno Cremer, Jacqueline Bollen, Nicole Colchat, Christian Crahay, Millie Dardenne, Bérangère Dautun, John Dobrynine

JE PENSE À VOUS (1992) DIR – SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Dirk Impens, Claude Waringo, Jean-Luc Ormières CAM Giorgos Arvanitis ED Ludo Troch, Denise Vindevogel MUS Wim Mertens CAST Robin Renucci, Fabienne Babe, Gil Lagay, Pietro Pizzuti, Angélique Astgen

LA PROMESSE (1996) DIR – SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne PROD Luc Dardenne, Hassen Daldoul, Claude Waringo CAM Alain Marcoen ED Marie-Hélène Dozo MUS Jean-Marie Billy, Denis M’Punga CAST Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo, Jean-Michel Balthazar, Frédéric Bodson

ROSETTA (1999) DIR – SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Arlette Zylberberg, Laurent Pétin, Michèle Pétin CAM Alain Marcoen ED Marie-Hélène Dozo MUS Jean-Pierre Cocco CAST Émilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Olivier Gourmet, Bernard Marbaix, Frédéric Bodson

LE FILS, a.k.a. THE SON (2002) DIR – SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd CAM Alain Marcoen ED Marie-Hélène Dozo CAST Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Nassim Hassaïni, Kevin Leroy, Félicien Pitsaer, Rémy Renaud

L’ENFANT, a.k.a. THE CHILD (2005) DIR – SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd CAM Alain Marcoen ED Marie-Hélène Dozo CAST Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Segard, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet, Anne Gerard, Bernard Marbaix

CHACUN SON CINÉMA OU CE PETIT COUP AU COEUR QUAND LA LUMIÈRE S’ÉTEINT ET QUE LE FILM COMMENCE, a.k.a. TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA (2007) DIR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne [segment ‘Dans l’Obscurité’]; other segments by Theodoros Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Billie August, Jane Campion, Youssef Chahine, Kaige Chen, Michael Cimino, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, David Cronenberg, Manoel de Oliviera, Raymond Depardon, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Aki Kaurismäki, Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, David Lynch, Nanni Moretti, Roman Polanski, Raoul Ruiz, Walter Salles, Elia Suleiman, Ming-liang Tsai, Gus Van Sant, Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders, Kar-Wai Wong, Yimou Zhang PROD Denis Carot, Robert Benmussa, Sandrine Brauer, Laura Briand, Rachel Curl, Gilles Ciment, Sergei Davidoff, Gilles Jacob, Aki Kaurismäki, Takeshi Kitano, Serge Lalou, Marie Masmonteil, Masayuki Mori, Rebecca O’Brien, Jacky Yee Wah Pang, Roman Polanski, Katrine Sahlstrøm, Alain Sarde, Vincent Wang, Corinne Golden Weber, Kar-Wai Wong, Takio Yoshida SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne [segment ‘Dans l’Obscurité’], Manoel de Oliviera, Atom Egoyan, Olivier Assayas, William Chang, Amos Gitai, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Aki Kaurismäki, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Nanni Moretti, War-Wai Wong, Yimou Zhang, Jingzhi Zou CAM Marc-André Batigne, Jacques Bouquin, Inti Briones, Dirk Brüel, Nick de Pencier, Eric Alan Edwards, Greig Fraser, Francis Grumman, Pung-Leung Kwan, Steven Lubensky, Emmanuel Lubezki, Alain Marcoen, Ramses Marzouk, Francisco Olivera, Alessandro Pesci, Mauro Pinheiro Jr., Andreas Sinanos, Masha Solovyova, Shinzi Suzuki, Alberto Venzago, Xiaoding Zhao, Xiaoshi Zhao ED Luc Barnier, William Chang, Long Cheng, Alexandre de Franceschi, Marie-Hélène Dozo, Olga Grinshpun, François Gédigier, Takeshi Kitano, Bodil Kjærhauge, Véronique Lange, Giuseppe Leonetti, Valérie Loiseleux, Stephen Mirrione, Gabriel Reed, Susan Shipton, Yannis Tsitopoulos MUS Mark Bradshaw, Howard Shore, Mychael Danna, Eleni Karaindrou CAST Isabelle Adjani, Anouk Aimée, Josh Brolin, David Cronenberg, Émilie Dequenne, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Michael Lonsdale, Jeanne Moreau, Brooke Smith, Lars von Trier

LA SILENCE DE LORNA, a.k.a. THE SILENCE OF LORNA and LORNA’S SILENCE (2008) DIR – SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd CAM Alain Marcoen ED Marie-Hélène Dozo CAST Arta Dobroshi, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Alban Ukaj, Morgan Marinne, Olivier Gourmet, Anton Yakovlev, Grigori Manoukov

LE GAMIN AU VÉLO, a.k.a. THE KID WITH A BIKE (2011) DIR – SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd CAM Alain Marcoen ED Marie-Hélène Dozo CAST Cécile De France, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Egon Di Mateo, Olivier Gourmet, Baptiste Sornin, Samuel De Rijk, Carl Jadot

DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT, a.k.a. TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (2014) DIR – SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd CAM Alain Marcoen ED Marie-Hélène Dozo CAST Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Baptiste Sornin, Pili Groye, Simon Caudry, Lara Persain, Olivier Gourmet

LA FILLE INCONNUE, a.k.a. THE UNKNOWN GIRL (2016) DIR – SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne PROD Bart Van Langendonck CAM Alain Marcoen ED Marie-Hélène Dozo CAST Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnelli, Christelle Cornil, Nadège Ouedraogo, Olivier Gourmet, Fabrizio Rongione

2. FILMS OF JEAN-PIERRE AND LUC DARDENNE (ONLY AS PRODUCERS / CO-PRODUCERS)

NOUS ÉTIONS TOUS DES NOMS D’ARBRES (1983) DIR Armand Gatti PROD Luc Dardenne CAM Armand Marco ED Olivier van Malderghem CAST John Deehan, Brendan ‘Archie’ Jeeney, Paddy Doherty, Brent Archie, Neil McCaul, Nigel Haggan

FAUTE DE SOLEIL (1995) DIR – SCR Christophe Blanc PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Bertrand Gore CAM Pascale Poucet ED Mariette Gutherz MUS J. Thundres, Alan Vega CAST Christian Baltauss, Jean-Jacques Benhamou, Philippe Charrette, Jacques De la Bruneliere, Françoise Descarrega

LES SIESTES GRENADINE (1999) DIR Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud PROD Luc Dardenne, Hassen Daldoul, Saleh El Fouzen SCR Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, Moncef Dhouib, Maryse León García CAM Gilberto Azevedo ED Kahena Attia Riveill, Karine Pourtaud, Arbi Ben Ali MUS Ismaël Lô CAST Yasmine Bahri, Hichem Rostom, Lubna Azabal, Kadhir Fardi, Issa Harrath, Jamila Chihi

LE LAIT DE LA TENDRESSE HUMAINE, a.k.a. THE MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS (2001) DIR Dominique Cabrera PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Philippe Martin SCR Dominique Cabrera, Gilles Marchand, Cécile Vargaftig CAM Hélène Louvart ED Francine Sandberg MUS Béatrice Thiriet CAST Patric Bruel, Marilyne Canto, Dominique Blanc, Sergi López, Claude Brasseur, Mathilde Seigneur, Yolande Moreau, Olivier Gourmet

STORMY WEATHER (2003) DIR Sólveig Anspach PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Baltasar Kormákur, Patrick Sobelman SCR Sólveig Anspach, Roger Bohbot, Cécile Vargaftig, Pierre-Erwan Guillaume CAM Benoît Dervaux ED Anne Riegel MUS Alexandre Desplat CAST Élodie Bouchez, Didda Jónsdóttir, Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, Christophe Sermet, Natan Cogan

LE MONDE VIVANT, a.k.a. THE LIVING WORLD (2003) DIR – SCR Eugène Green PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Claude Berda CAM Raphaël O’Byrne ED Benoit De Clerck, Xiaoxing Cheng CAST Christelle Prot, Alexis Loret, Adrien Michaux, Laurène Cheilan, Achille Trocellier, Marin Charvet

LE SOLEIL ASSASSINÉ, a.k.a. THE SUN ASSASSINATED (2003) DIR Abdelkrim Bahloul PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre SCR Abdelkrim Bahloul, Charlotte Guigue, Jean-Pierre Péroncel-Hugoz CAM Charles Van Damme ED Pierre Didier, Jacques Witta MUS Jean-Marie Sénia CAST Charles Berling, Mehdi Dehbi, Ouassini Embarek, Clothilde de Bayser, Abbes Zahmani, Julia Maraval, Lofti Abdelli

LE COUPERET, UK title THE AXE, US title THE AX (2005) DIR Costa-Gavras PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Michèle Ray-Gavras, José María Morales SCR Costa-Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg (novel by Donald E. Westlake) CAM Patrick Blossier ED Yannick Kergoat MUS Armand Amar CAST José Garcia, Karin Viard, Christa Monfils, Ulrich Tukur, Olivier Gourmet, Yolande Moreau, Dieudonné Kabongo Bashila, Olga Grumberg, John Landis, Romain Gavras

MON COLONEL, a.k.a. THE COLONEL (2006) DIR Laurent Herbiet PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Costa-Gavras, Michèle Ray-Gavras, Salem Brahimi SCR Laurent Herbiet, Jean-Claude Grumberg (story by Costa-Gavras, novel by Francis Zamponi) CAM Patrick Blossier ED Nicole Berckmans MUS Armand Amar CAST Olivier Gourmet, Robinson Stévenin, Cécile De France, Charles Aznavour, Bruno Solo, Éric Caravaca, Guillaume Gallienne, Georges Siatidis

VOUS ÊTES DE LA POLICE? (2007) DIR Romuald Beugnon PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Jérôme Bleitrach, Emmanuel Agneray, Olivier Bronckart SCR Romuald Beugnon, Benjamin Leroux CAM Laurent Brunet ED Erika Haglund MUS Sébastien Gaxie CAST Jean-Pierre Cassel, Philippe Nahon, Jean-Claude Brialy, Micheline Presle, Yolande Moreau, Firmine Richard, Marilyne Canto

LA PRIMA LINEA, a.k.a. THE FRONT LINE (2009) DIR Renato De Maria PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Andrea Occhipinti SCR Renato De Maria, Ivan Cotroneo, Fidel Signorile, Sandro Petraglia (autobiography ‘Miccia Corte’ by Sergio Segio) CAM Gian Filippo Corticelli ED Marco Spoletini, Alfonso Perugini MUS Max Richter CAST Riccardo Scamarcio, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Fabrizio Rongione, Ario Aita, Michele Alhaique, Jacopo Maria Bicocchi

L’EXERCICE DE L’ÉTAT, a.k.a. THE MINISTER (2011) DIR – SCR – MUS Pierre Schoeller PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd CAM Julien Hirsch ED Laurence Briaud CAST Olivier Gourmet, Michel Blanc, Zabou Breitman, Laurent Stocker, Didier Bezace, Jacques Boudet, François Chattot

DE ROUILLE ET D’OS, a.k.a. RUST AND BONE (2012) DIR Jacques Audiard PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux, Martine Cassinelli, Alix Raynaud, Annemie Degryse SCR Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain (story by Craig Davidson) CAM Stéphane Fontaine ED Juliette Welfling MUS Alexandre Desplat CAST Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette, Corinne Masiero, Bouli Lanners, Jean-Michel Correia

DUPA DEALURI, a.k.a. AU-DELÀ DES COLLINES and BEYOND THE HILLS (2012) DIR Cristian Mungiu PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Cristian Mungiu, Grégoire Sorlat, Pascal Caucheteux, Vincent Maraval SCR Cristian Mungiu (novels by Tatiana Niculescu-Bran) CAM Oleg Mutu ED Mircea Olteanu CAST Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga, Catalina Harabagiu, Gina Tandura, Vica Agache, Nora Covali, Dionisie Vitcu

MARINA (2013) DIR Stijn Coninx PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Peter Bouckaert, Cristiano Bortone, Delphine Thomson SCR Stijn Coninx, Rik D’Hiet CAM Lou Berghmans ED Philippe Ravoet MUS Michelino Bisceglia CAST Matteo Simoni, Evelien Bosmans, Luigi Lo Cascio, Donatella Finocchiaro, Maité Redal, Warre Borgmans, Chris van den Durpel, Jan Bijvoet, Rocco Granata, Wim Willaert

JE FAIS LE MORT, a.k.a. PLAYING DEAD (2013) DIR Jean-Paul Salomé PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Michel Saint-Jean SCR Jean-Paul Salomé, Cécile Telerman, Jérôme Tonnerre CAM Pascal Ridao ED Sylvie Lager MUS Bruno Coulais CAST François Damiens, Géraldine Nakache, Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Anne Le Ny, Jean-Marie Winling, Kévin Azaïs, Nanou Garcia

VIE SAUVAGE, a.k.a. WILD LIFE (2014) DIR Cédric Kahn PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Delphine Tomson, Kristina Larsen SCR Cédric Kahn, Nathalie Najem CAM Yves Cape ED Simon Jacquet MUS Mathias Duplessy CAST Mathieu Kassovitz, Céline Sallette, David Gastou, Sofiane Neveu, Romain Depret, Jules Ritmanic, Jenna Thiam, Tara-Jay Bangalter

JOURNAL D’UNE FEMME DE CHAMBRE, a.k.a. DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID (2015) DIR Benoît Jacquot PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Guérin SCR Benoît Jacquot, Hélène Zimmer (novel by Octave Mirbeau) CAM Romain Winding ED Julia Gregory MUS Bruno Coulais CAST Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Clotilde Mollet, Hervé Pierre, Mélodie Valemberg, Vincent Lacoste

LES COWBOYS (2015) DIR Thomas Bidegain PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Jan De Clercq, Annemie Degryse, Alexander Vandeputte, Arlette Zylderberg, Alain Attal, Romain Le Grand, Delphine Tomson SCR Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré (original idea from Thomas Bidegain, Laurent Abitbol) CAM Arnaud Potier ED Géraldine Mangenot MUS Moritz Reich CAST François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, Agathe Dronne, Ellora Torchia, Antoine Chappey, Maxim Driesen, Jean-Louis Coulloc’h, John C. Reilly, Sam Louwyck

VIVA LA SPOSA, a.k.a. LONG LIVE THE BRIDE (2015) DIR – SCR Ascanio Celestini PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Alessandra Acciai, Roberto Lombardi, Giorgio Magliulo, Arnaud Louvet, Francesca Feder SCR  CAM Luca Bigazzi ED Cecilia Zanuso MUS François Couturier CAST Ascanio Celestini, Alba Rohrwacher, Salvatore Striano, Francesco De Miranda, Veronica Cruciani, Pietro Faiella

LE FILS DE JOSEPH, a.k.a. THE SON OF JOSEPH (2016) DIR – SCR Eugène Green PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Didier Jacob, Francine Jacob CAM Raphaël O’Byrne ED Valérie Loiseleux CAST Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Régnier, Fabrizio Rongione, Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medeiros, Julia Gros de Gasquet, Jacques Bonnaffé, Eugène Green

INHEBEK HEDI, a.k.a. HEDI (2016) DIR – SCR Mohamed Ben Attia PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Dora Bouchoucha, Nadim Cheikhrouha CAM Frédéric Noirhomme ED Azza Chaabouni MUS Omar Aloulou CAST Majd Mastoura, Rym Ben Messaoud, Sabah Bouzouita, Omnia Ben Ghali, Hakim Boumsaoudi

BACALAURÉAT, a.k.a. GRADUATION and FAMILY PHOTOS (2016) DIR – SCR Cristian Mungiu PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Cristian Mungiu, Grégoire Sorlat, Vincent Maraval, Pascal Caucheteux, Jean Labadie CAM Tudor Vladimir Panduru ED Mircea Olteanu CAST Adrien Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rares Andrici, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici, Vlad Ivanov

ACHTER DE WOLKEN (2016) DIR Cecilia Verheyden PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Jean-Luc Dardenne, Peter Bouckaert SCR Michael De Cock (also play) ED Philippe Ravoet MUS Steve Willaert CAST Chris Lomme, Jo De Meyere, Charlotte De Bruyne, Katelijne Verbeke, Lucas Van den Eynde, François Beukelaers, Charlotte Anne Bongaerts

PLANETARIUM (2016) DIR Rebecca Zlotowski PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Frédéric Jouve SCR Rebecca Zlotowski, Robin Campillo ED Julien Lacheray MUS Robin Coubert CAST Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp, Emmanuel Salinger, Amira Casar, Pierre Salvadori, Louis Garrel, David Bennent

ESPÈCES MENACÉES, a.k.a. ENDANGERED SPECIES (2017) DIR Gilles Bourdos PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Kristina Larsen SCR Gilles Bourdos, Michel Spinoza (short stories by Richard Bausch) CAM Ping Bin Lee ED Yannick Kergoat MUS Alexandre Desplat CAST Alice Issaz, Vincent Rottiers, Grégory Gadebois, Suzanne Clément, Eric Elmosnino, Alice de Lencquesaing, Christa Théret

CARNIVORES (2018) DIR Jérémie Renier, Yannick Renier PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Vincent Mazel, Hugo Sélignac SCR Jérémie Renier, Yannick Renier, Bulle Decarpentries, Agnès de Sacy CAM Georges Lechaptios CAST Leïla Bekhti, Zita Hanrot, Bastien Bouillon, Johan Heldenbergh, Hiam Abbass, Octave Bossuet, Christophe Sermet

NIET SCHIETEN (2018) DIR Stijn Coninx PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Peter Bouckaert, Maarten Swart SCR Stijn Coninx, Rik D’Hiet CAM Danny Elsen ED Philippe Ravoet CAST Jan Decleir, Viviane de Muynck, Mo Bakker, Kes Bakker, Jonas Van Geel, Inge Paulussen, Louis Talpe, Elke Van Mello, Ann Tuts, Lucas Van den Eynde, Nico Sturm

WELDI (2018) DIR – SCR Mohamed Ben Attia PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, Nadim Cheikhrouha CAM Frédéric Noirhomme ED Nadia Ben Rachid CAST Imen Cherif, Mouna Mejri, Zakaria Ben Ayyed, Mohamed Dhrif