Le silencieux (1972) started the career of French director Claude Pinoteau (° 1925). Pinoteau is known as a thorough professional, whose films are very successful. That was already the case with Le silencieux in the seventies and La septième cible in the eighties, both made with screenwriter Jean-Loup Dabadie and actor Lino Ventura. He became known internationally with his teen comedies La Boum (1981) and La Boum II (1982), which turned female lead Sophie Marceau into a star. His latest movie, Les Palmes de Mr. Schutz (1996), starring Philippe Noiret and Isabelle Huppert, tells the story of Pierre and Marie Curie. Claude Pinotea is a member of our International Jury.