Robert Guédiguian

Robert Guédiguian

Guédiguian at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Born Robert Jules Guédiguian
(1953-12-03) 3 December 1953
Marseille, France
Nationality France
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Ariane Ascaride (m. 1975)

Robert Jules Guédiguian (born 3 December 1953) is a French film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. Most of his films star Ariane Ascaride and Jean-Pierre Darroussin.

Life and career

Guédiguian is the son of a German mother and an Armenian father. He evokes his paternal roots in his 2006 film Le Voyage en Armenie. He has a working-class background - his father is a worker on the Marseille docks. He became concerned with political questions and for a while was involved with the French Communist Party. In 2008 he joined the Left Party.

Like Marcel Pagnol and René Allio before him, he anchors his films in social reality. His films are strongly marked by the local and regional environment of the city of Marseille, and in particular L'Estaque, (north-west Marseille), for example in Marius et Jeannette. His 2011 film The Snows of Kilimanjaro premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2]

He has been married to actress Ariane Ascaride since 1975 and they have two daughters, Valentine and Madeleine.[3]


As filmmaker

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Producer
1980 Fernand Yes
1981 Last Summer Yes Yes
1985 Rouge midi Yes Yes
1985 Le Souffleur Yes Yes
1985 Ki lo sa ? Yes Yes Yes
1989 Roundabout Yes
1989 Montalvo and the Child Yes
1990 Le Coupeur d'eau Yes Short film
1991 Dieu vomit les tièdes Yes Yes Yes As associate producer
1991 Le Cri du cochon Yes
1992 C'est trop con ! Yes Short film
1993 L'Argent fait le bonheur Yes Yes
1995 'Til Death Do Us Part Yes Yes Yes Bayard d'Or for Best Film
1997 Marius and Jeannette Yes Yes Yes Louis Delluc Prize for Best Film
Lumières Award for Best Film
Nominated—César Award for Best Film
Nominated—César Award for Best Director
Nominated—César Award for Best Writing
Nominated—Goya Award for Best European Film
1998 Where the Heart Is Yes Yes San Sebastián International Film Festival - Special Jury Prize
San Sebastián International Film Festival - Alma Award for Best Screenplay (Honorable Mention)
2000 Charge! Yes Yes Yes
2000 The Town Is Quiet Yes Yes Yes European Film Awards - FIPRESCI Prize
Valladolid International Film Festival - Golden Spike
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Screenwriter
2002 Marie-Jo and Her Two Lovers Yes Yes Yes Nominated—2002 Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
2002 Romances de terre et d'eau Yes Documentary film
2004 Bad Spelling Yes
2004 My Father Is an Engineer Yes Yes Yes 2nd Yerevan Golden Apricot International Film Festival - Prize of the Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists for Best Feature Film
2005 Crustacés et Coquillages Yes As associate producer
2005 The Last Mitterrand Yes Yes Nominated—55th Berlin International Film Festival - Golden Bear
2005 Free Zone Yes Co-producer
2006 Armenia Yes Yes Yes 3rd Yerevan Golden Apricot International Film Festival - Silver Apricot Special Prize for Feature Film
2006 Le Dernier des fous Yes
2007 Beneath the Rooftops of Paris Yes
2008 Lady Jane Yes Yes Yes Nominated—58th Berlin International Film Festival - Golden Bear
2009 Sisters Yes
2009 The Army of Crime Yes Yes
2010 Les Amants naufragés Yes Telefilm
2011 La Vie en miettes Yes Telefilm
2011 The Snows of Kilimanjaro Yes Yes European Parliament LUX Prize
Lumières Award for Best Screenplay
Swann d'Or for Best Director
Valladolid International Film Festival - Silver Spike
Valladolid International Film Festival - Audience Award
Nominated—2011 Cannes Film Festival - Prix Un certain regard
2013 Notre monde Yes Documentary film
2013 My Sweet Pepper Land Yes
2013 Les Déferlantes Yes Telefilm
2014 Ariane's Thread Yes Yes Yes
2015 Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad Yes Yes Yes
2016 Le Jeune Karl Marx Yes

As actor


  1. "Festival de Cannes: Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  2. "Cannes film festival 2011: The full lineup". London. 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  3. "Ariane Ascaride - La biographie de Ariane Ascaride".
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