Born in Paris on the 4th of September 1961, Cédric Klapisch studied at the Lycée Rodin. Following his high school diploma, he spent two years at a literary preparatory school before enrolling in film studies at Paris III university (Censier), before studying for a master’s degree in film studies at Paris VIII university (Saint Denis). At the age of 23, he decided to move to the United States to study film at New York University (NYU) for two years. There, he was chief cameraman for a number of short films before producing his own.
Upon his return to France, he first worked as an electrician on several feature films. In 1989, Cédric Klapisch was much talked about with his new short film, Ce Qui Me Meut which was to win several prizes at various festivals. It was in 1992 that Cédric Klapisch moved to feature-length film with Riens Du Tout. The following year, Arte commissioned from him a made-for-television film about a secondary school in 1975, Le Péril Jeune, featuring Romain Duris and Vincent Elbaz who were later to work with the directer several times.
After watching a play, Un Air De Famille, Cédric Klapisch met Bacri and Jaoui who asked him to direct its film adaptation. Enchanted by the play and by this encounter, the director accepted. In early 2000 he decided to make L’Auberge Espagnole, a comedy following the misadventures of a young Frenchman, played by Romain Duris, who sets off to finish his studies in Spain. A second opus, Les Poupées Russes followed in 2005. In 2008, Cédric Klapisch made a new film about the city of light,“Paris”, featuring Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, Karin Viard, François Cluzet, Mélanie Laurent and Fabrice Luchini.
Then in 2013, Cédric Klapisch made Casse-Tête Chinois, the last part of the L’Auberge Espagnole saga.
LA CHOSE SURE BY CEDRIC KLAPISCH
J.M. Weston reveals the short movie directed by Cédric Klapisch. Plot and investigation in Paris.
A 5-minute film in which Cédric Klapisch creates turmoil, scrambles the genres and masters the ambiguity of masculine-feminine, like J.M. Weston’s artistic director Michel Perry was able to do with his new creations for women.
J.M. Weston loves to open itself to interpretation, that of talented artists, professional experts. The shoemaker gives their creative talents free rein. Just like Didier van Cauwelaert who speaks of the special bond that he formed with the brand while writing a novel, J.M. Weston invites Cédric Klapisch to consider women, through the film “La Chose Sûre”.
It was from a common desire to express the value of timelessness, a subtle tension between classic and modern, that the film was born... J.M. Weston has given free rein to the French film maker’s imagination, creating a story of shoes inspired by crime fiction. “La chose sûre”: a film written and directed by Cédric Klapisch and produced by Irène. Musical score by Liza Manili and Sébastien Delage.