Jean-Pierre’s dreamlike and playful style has set him apart as a visionary storyteller and as one of cinema’s great auteurs. Born in Roanne, France, Jean-Pierre's cinematic career began in animation as a self-taught artist and filmmaker, developing his distinct visual signatures of painterly frames, sweeping with vibrant color, accentuating his emotive characters.
Jean-Pierre’s first film as a writer-director, Delicatessen, delighted international audiences with its originality. His fantastical follow-up, The City of Lost Children, nominated for the Palme d'Or, displayed an entirely different dimension of Jean-Pierre’s vivid imagination. With his beloved and influential film Amélie, Jean-Pierre filmed Paris like no other filmmaker before him, erasing the lines separating real life from dream-life, fantasy from fanciful romance, capturing the hearts of audiences around the world, along with five Academy Award nominations.
Jean-Pierre’s unforgettable films present a world always in motion, filled with whimsical characters choreographed to the poetic rhythms of love, and life lived to its fullest. Through all of his films, which include the Academy Award nominated A Very Long Engagement, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, Jean-Pierre does not so much capture reality, but instead – to use his own words – modifies it. Jean-Pierre's newest film for Netflix, BigBug, focuses on a group of bickering suburbanites trapped at home by their well-intentioned household robots during an A.I. uprising. Jean-Pierre is next preparing to direct his adaptation of Valérie Perrin’s international literary sensation Fresh Water for Flowers for Netflix.
A prolific commercial director, Jean-Pierre has helmed campaigns featuring his romantically mischievous style for clients that have included Chanel, Ikea, Verizon Wireless, Milka, Commonwealth Bank, Lavazza, Qualcomm, Renault, Peugeot, Cailler, BNP, EDF and Marriott. Jean-Pierre’s newest spot “Seen”, for Netflix France celebrates streaming television and cinema’s ability to connect audiences emotionally, and sometimes, literally.