Participant profile: Guillaume Laurant

We travel south to France, to meet award-winning screenwriter Guillaume Laurant.

Guillaume Laurant

Guillaume Laurant

After obtaining his baccalauréat littéraire in school, Guillaume tried several careers, including waiter, messenger, delivery driver, and even a corporal in the Marines.

Wanting to become an actor, he joined a theatre troupe in Montorgueil, where he began to write plays. In 2000 he adapted All Things Considered by Ben Brown (Envers et Contre Tout, staged by Daniel Roussel).

It is for his collaborations in cinema that he has become best well known. He began with contributing dialogue to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s La cité des enfants perdus (The City of Lost Children, 1995), and co-writing Un samedi sur la terre (A Saturday on Earth, 1996) with Diane Bertrand. He also contributed dialogue to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection (1997).

But it was Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, (Amélie, 2001), co-written with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, that brought him international acclaim. The film was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Screenplay, and went on to win 51 international awards (Césars, European Film Awards and BAFTAs among them), as well as 46 other nominations.

Guillanume followed this by co-writing Effroyables jardins (Strange Gardens, 2003). He returned to co-writing with Jean-Pierre Jeunet for Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement, 2004), which was an adaptation of a novel by Sébastien Japrisot. The film was nominated for two Oscars, won 16 film awards, and was nominated for 21 more.

Since then he has co-written Je m’appelle Elisabeth (Call Me Elisabeth, 2006) with Jean-Pierre Améris, based on a novel by Anne Wiazemsky, and Micmacs à tire-larigot (Micmacs, 2009) with Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

He is working with Guillaume Nicloux on The Virgin’s Kiss, with Luc Jacquet and François Royet on La Fresque (The Fresco), which is an animated film that examines the relationship between humanity and art via the first cave paintings, and also with Jean-Pierre Améris on L’Homme Qui Rit (The Man Who Laughs) based on the novel by Victor Hugo.

As well as this, Guillaume has  published two novels with Editions du Seuil: Les Années porte-fenêtre (The Door-Window Years, 2003)  and Happy Hand (2006).

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