Pierre Murat

Pierre Murat Year of participation at FICM as member of the jury: 2006 Mexican Short Film Section Film critic

Pierre Murat is one of the most important and famous French film critics of the last 20 years. Known to the wider public for his participation in the radio show Le masque et la plume, Pierre has been writing since 1981 in Télérama, the French public’s preferred weekly publication on arts and entertainment. He was born in Bizerte (Tunisia) in 1948. His parents were French of Russian origin. He studied Literature and Film, specializing in the work of Henri Colpi and spy films. He began his career as a critic in 1971, collaborating for the magazine Les Fiches du Cinema, and its yearly publication L’Annuel du Cinema, and later directing the publications from 1975-1981. He then co-directed L’Annee du Cinéma (Ed. Calmann-Levy) from 1982 until its last edition in 2005. He also directed the first two publications of Guide du cinema chez soi (2002 and 2004, Ed. Telerama). He participated in a number of collective publications, and published different reference books, including CineGameBook (Ed. Assouline) and, more recently, a portrait of actress Danielle Darrieux (Ed. PAS). He selected short films in the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival for Gilles Jacob and then for Thierry Frémaux, from 1995 to 2005, when he joined the Selection Committee for the International Critics’ Week.