At once earthy and transcendent, sacred and profane, the films of French iconoclast Bruno Dumont are heady, uncompromising inquiries into the extremes of human nature. With their blend of Bressonian austerity and startlingly blunt sexuality, Dumont’s first two features, LA VIE DE JÉSUS and L’HUMANITÉ, won him both acclaim and a reputation as the enfant terrible of French cinema. He continued to refine his singular vision in films such as CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915, a tour-de-force showcase for Juliette Binoche as the tormented sculptor. Refusing to be pigeonholed, Dumont has also dabbled in his own brand of outré comedy, as seen in the binge-worthy murder mystery LI’L QUINQUIN and the gonzo slapstick farce SLACK BAY, yet another provocation in an ever-unpredictable career.
French Television Interviews with Bruno Dumont on LA VIE DE JÉSUS
These segments from two episodes of the French television program Le cercle de minuit, hosted by Laure Adler, features interviews with director Bruno Dumont. The first, broadcast on May 13, 1997, was directed by Pierre Desfons. The second, broadcast on June 3, 1997, was directed by Don Kent.
In this regional news broadcast, journalist Gérard Dupagny conducts an interview with Bruno Dumont, discussing his film L'HUMANITÉ and its setting, Dumont's hometown of Bailleul, France. It was broadcast on October 24, 1999.