Jean-Baptiste Durand is a French film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is most widely known for directing the critically acclaimed film, The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005).
Durand was born in Paris, France in 1971. He studied at the prestigious French film school FEMIS, graduating in 1998. After graduation, Durand worked as a director’s assistant and eventually found his way to directing his own short films. His first short film, Gavotte, won the Prix du Jury at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2000.
In 2004, Durand wrote and directed his feature film debut, The Beat That My Heart Skipped. The film was a critical success and was nominated for four César Awards (the French equivalent of the Academy Awards). In 2006, he directed the French drama film, The Last Mistress, which also received critical acclaim.
Durand has continued to make films in France, including the 2017 drama, Custody. He has also worked in television, directing episodes of the French TV series, The Returned.
Durand is known for his realistic portrayal of characters and his use of improvisation in his films. He is known for having a strong focus on character development and creating a sense of realism through his use of natural lighting and long takes. Durand is highly respected by critics and his films have received numerous awards and accolades.
Durand is a passionate director who is dedicated to creating films that are honest and emotionally resonant. He strives to create films that are both visually stunning and emotionally captivating. Durand is a director who is always pushing the boundaries of what is possible in film and is continuously challenging himself to create films that are both innovative and emotionally powerful.