Gilles Paquet-Brenner

French director and screenwriter Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Paris, 1974°) is the son of opera singer Ève
Brenner. He debuts in 1998 with the short film 13 minutes 13 dans la vie Josh et Anna, followed
two years later by La Marquise, starring Patrick Bruel and Marion Cotillard. His remarkable feature
film debut, Pretty Things from 2001 also with Marion Cotillard and Patrick Bruel, is awarded at the
Deauville festival. In 2003 he directs the box office hit Gomez et Tavarès. 2007 sees the release
of two of his films: U.V. with Laura Smet and Gomez vs Tavarès. Two years later you can see his
first English language feature at the BIFFF, Walled In, starring Pascal Greggory and Deborah Kara
Unger. Elle s’appelait Sarah from 2010, with a terrific performance by Kristin Scott-Thomas, is
unanimously praised by international film critics and awarded at prestigious film festivals. His
second English language feature, Dark Places, starring Chloë Moretz and Charlize Theron, is
released in 2015. He comes for the first time to the BIFFF with Crooked House, a mystery thriller
with an all-star cast!