Jean-Jacques Beineix, director of "37 ° 2 in the morning", died at the age of 75

Published on : 14/01/2022 – 17:15Modified : 14/01/2022 – 17:55

Author of the film “37 ° 2 in the morning”, but also of “Diva”, the director Jean-Jacques Beineix died on Friday at the age of 75, his family told AFP. He died at his Parisian home following a long illness.

The director Jean-Jacques Beineix, author of “37 ° 2 in the morning”, cult film and emblematic of a generation which had revealed Béatrice Dalle, died Thursday at the age of 75, announced his brother Jean-Claude on Friday to AFP.

The one who became known to the general public thanks to “Diva” (1981) and “37 ° 2 in the morning” (1986), a story of love and madness between Jean-Hugues Anglade and Béatrice Dalle, has died at his Parisian home following a long illness.

A poetic and aesthetic director – sometimes to excess according to his detractors who mocked a “publicity clip” style – Jean-Jacques Beineix was awarded the César for the best first work for “Diva” in 1982.

He is also the director of “IP5” (1992) landmark film, notably for the last cinematographic appearance of Yves Montand.

“Putting your talent at the service of causes”

Born in Paris, Jean-Jacques Beineix began studying medicine before preparing for the prestigious Idhec film school (now Femis), which he narrowly missed.

His first projects lead him to advertising. He will notably direct the multi-broadcast anti-AIDS spot “Il ne pas passera pas par moi”. After several projects, he decides to leave the industry. “It’s good to put your talent at the service of causes [mais la publicité] they were not causes, ”he explained.

After “37 ° 2 in the morning” will follow several films, all failures, including “The Moon in the gutter” (1983) and “Roselyne et les lions” (1989). In 2001, after nine years of absence, he returned with “Mortel Transfert”, a complete critical and commercial failure. He declares, moreover, that this film strongly indebted him.

This will be the last of his six feature films, followed by documentaries for television (“The children of Romania”, “Place Clichy without complexes” …), under the banner of his production company, Cargos Films.

Jean-Jacques Beineix was one of the founding members in 1987 of the society of authors-directors-producers (ARP) which he directed between 1994 and 1995. ARP has a lot in the world of French cinema: it is widely represented at the Cannes Film Festival, and actively participates in the development of the cinematographic and audiovisual policy of the National Cinema Center (CNC) and the CSA (the French audiovisual arbiter). The ARP has also done a lot, and Jean-Jacques Beineix in the lead, for the collection and distribution of copyright for audiovisual works.

In 1995 he was one of the figures of the battle over French cultural exception. As a member of the ARP, he had become the leader of a fight. That of maintaining quotas in the French audiovisual sector. The goal then? Faced with Hollywood’s cultural hegemony, restore Europe and France to its cultural colors.

With AFP

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