|Name Leos Carax|
Role Film director
|Children Nastya Golubeva Carax|
Awards Louis Delluc Prize
|Full Name Alex Christophe Dupont|
Born 22 November 1960 (age 55) (1960-11-22) Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Occupation Film director, critic, screenwriter, actor
Spouse Yekaterina Golubeva (m. ?–2011)
Parents Georges Dupont, Joan Dupont
Movies Holy Motors, Bad Blood, The Lovers on the Bridge, Boy Meets Girl, Pola X
Similar People Denis Lavant, Juliette Binoche, Yekaterina Golubeva, Edith Scob, Michel Gondry
NYFF Press Conference: Holy Motors
Alex Christophe Dupont (born 22 November 1960), best known as Leos Carax ([leɔs karaks]), is a French film director, critic, and writer. Carax is noted for his poetic style and his tortured depictions of love. His first major work was Boy Meets Girl (1984), and his notable works include Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (1991) and Holy Motors (2012). His professional name is an anagram of his real name, 'Alex', and 'Oscar'.
- NYFF Press Conference Holy Motors
- Leos carax interviewed by philippe garrel 1989
- Early life
- Selected filmography
Leos carax interviewed by philippe garrel 1989
He began his film career with a series of short films, and as a film critic, before he released Boy Meets Girl (1984). That piece established Carax's reputation for a mature visual style. It also saw the first grouping of Carax with Denis Lavant and cinematographer Jean-Yves Escoffier. He followed the piece with Mauvais Sang (literally 'Bad Blood' but mostly known as 'The night is young') in 1986, which alienated some of his audience, but the work continued to explore the complexities of love in the modern world, this time through a darker, more criminal viewpoint. The work was clearly an homage to French New Wave cinema, and his use of such actresses as Juliette Binoche proved a touching tribute to his influences, especially Jean-Luc Godard. The film was entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival.
Five years later, Carax returned to directing with Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, which proved to be an expensive undertaking as Parisian authorities granted him only 10 days in which he could film on Pont Neuf. His initial reaction to the problems of filming on a public bridge had been to construct a model of the bridge in the community of Lansargues, in Southern France. However, on the first day of filming Denis Lavant injured his thumb severely, which pushed the movie back by a month. Subsequent financial difficulties further pushed filming over a much longer period than intended. The movie was released to critical acclaim and opened the door for Carax to enter more experimental waters with his fourth feature, Pola X. That film, released in 1999, was an adaptation of Herman Melville's tale of incest, Pierre: or, The Ambiguities.