Claire Denis is a well-known French movie director and a writer. She has influenced Europe as well as other parts of the world with her cinematic work. Claire has directed both French and English movies; her movie Beau Travail released in 1999 is a masterpiece in the history of cinema. She took birth in Paris, France on 21st April 1946.

Her other works, 35 Shots of Rum, Intruder, Chocolat, etc, are critically acclaimed. Her style shows themes of West Africa in post-colonial and colonial times; moreover, she depicts modern France in her movies as well. She took birth in Paris, France on 21st April 1946 but spent her childhood in parts of Colonial Africa; she grew up in Senegal, French Somaliland and parts of West Africa as her father was a civil servant.

Her understanding of political issues made her into a storyteller. Living in different parts of West Africa and addressing issues had an influence on Claire in her filming career. In 1960, Claire and her sister went back to Paris to complete their education.

She studied Economics at the start, but it did not interest her. Later she went to Institut des Hautes études cinématographiques (IDHC) to master film-making; she graduated from the French film institute and got into direction. Claire had already shot some short films, but in 1998, she directed her debut feature film, La Chocolat.

Themed on the African colonialism, the movie got selected for the Cannes Film Festival; it got critically acclaimed as first work and even got nominated for César Awards.Beau Travail released in 1999 is a masterpiece in the history of cinema, it won an award at Berlin Film Fest and Rotterdam Film Fest. After this Claire’s got applause from the whole of the world, she became a reputed director.

She went on to direct over twelve feature films and continued to win hearts of the audience and critics. Not only the themes in her movies are drifted away from mainstream Hollywood but also the style depicts the harsh face of contemporary France.

She has combined history with personal experience, and that has made her work master class. She is a winner of the Stockholm Film Fest Lifetime Achievement Award and a former jury member of Moscow International Film Festival.

Lennart Ruff English Actor

Lennart Ruff

Lennart Ruff is a German film and advertising director who was born on born March 10, 1986, in Mannheim. He spent his youth in Rome and Hamburg where he worked for commercial production, he also did this in Los Angeles. His inclination to filmmaking began when Ruff got to study motion picture design at the HFF Munich. Later on, he even obtained a degree in advertising in 2011 and then competed in film festivals with short films. Also, he had a unique interest in making commercials. He directed a short friction German film ‘Nocebo’ which detailed the view of young man with paranoid schizophrenia. For this film, in 2014, he fetched the Student Oscar for the best foreign film (Student Academy Award in Gold in the Foreign Category) of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in California, Los Angeles and was nominated Newcomer Award for the Studio Hamburg. It was the graduation film of the director who was then doing his graduation at the Academy for Television and Film Munich. Director Lennart Ruff formed a team of students for the TV and Film Institute and his two colleagues Severing Höhne and Tobias M. Huber were the producers of this film and Jan Marcello Kahlws credited as being the cinematographer. He made four more short films titled 'Life is easy', 'No special occurrences,’ ‘cycle,’and 'Borderline.’ In action, he is known for making TV commercials namely 'Jope' and Eurosport- "We are the winter’’.  He also announced a movie 'Titan' in the year 2015 and the film will come outin 2018. In this movie, Lennart Ruff cast 'Avatar' star Sam Worthington and actress Taylor Schilling and Tom Wilkinson to play the lead roles. As he was at the helm of the film, he chose writer Max Hurwitz to pen the film screenplay, the story is based on Arash Amel's story. Fred Berger is set to executive producer of the film, which will be financed by Leon Clarence and Motion Picture Capital.