Julie Bertuccelli

Year of participation at FICM as member of the jury: 2018 Sección de Documental Mexicano

Born in 1968. After studying philosophy, Julie Bertuccelli began her career as an assistant to Krzysztof Kieślowski, Otar Iosseliani, Bertrand Tavernier, Rithy Panh, Emmanuel Finkiel, Pierre Étaix, Christian de Chalonge, René Féret, Jean-Louis Bertuccelli, and other directors. She then embarked on studies in documentary filmmaking at Ateliers Varan in 1993.

Bertuccelli subsequently went on to make her first documentary, Un métier comme un autre, which was followed by Une liberté! (1994); La fabrique des juges (1997); Bienvenue au grand magasin (1999); Un monde en fusion (2001); Otar Iosseliani, le merle siffleur (2006, collection Cinéma de notre temps); Le mystère Glasberg (2008); and a portrait of Antoinette Fouque (collection Empreintes).

Depuis qu’Otar est parti (2003), her first full-length feature film was the work that introduced her to the general public. It won some 20 awards in France and abroad, including the César for Best First Work and the Grand Prize at the Cannes International Critics’ Week). L’arbre, her second feature, was shot in Australia with Charlotte Gainsbourg. Part of the Official Selection at Cannes, it was released in France in 2010 and nominated for three César Awards. Two more of her films reached cinemas in France, La Cour de Babel (2014) and Dernières Nouvelles du Cosmos (2016), both nominated for Best Documentary at the César Awards. Her next feature, Claire Darling, starring Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni, will come to theaters in December 2018.

Since 2017, and having been the first woman elected to the position in 2013, Julie Bertuccelli has presided over the Société Civile des Auteurs Multimedia, known as SCAM. She also heads the newly inaugurated Cinémathèque du Documentaire, which she initiated with the SCAM.