Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, was saddened to learn of the passing of Jean-Jacques Beineix, a talented director.

After debuting in advertising, Jean-Jacques Beineix turned to cinema, first as Jean Becker’s assistant director on the famous television series The Holy Cherries by Claude Berri and Claude Zidi, then alone with his first film in 1981, Diva, which immediately becomes worship.

His next films will be a landmark. The moon in the gutter, in 1983, staged an exceptional trio, composed of Gérard Depardieu, Nastassja Kinski and Victoria Abril.  37°2 in the morning, Released in 1986 and adapted from a novel by Philippe Djian, marks an entire generation. More than 35 years after its release, this mythical film touches us with its special photo and the intensity of the unforgettable characters of «Betty» and «Zorg», played on screen by Béatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade.

Will follow Roselyne and the Lions, in 1989, and IP5, the island of pachyderms, in 1992, which will be Yves Montand’s last film. Finally, Deadly transfer, will be his last feature fiction in 2001. His film lovers also remember the soundtracks of his films, to which he attached great importance.

Eager to explore other forms of storytelling, he has directed many documentaries since the 1990s: Children of Romania, Place Clichy without complexes, or The Gauls beyond the myth.

He was among the founding members of the Authors-Directors-Producers (ARP) civil society in 1987.

After a notable foray into the comic with The Case of the Centurydrawn by Bruno de Dieuleveult and in the theatre with his play on Kiki de Montparnasse, he’s writing a novel, Slide, on the life of a desperate character.

Jean-Jacques Beineix was an artist of many talents, a storyteller, a smuggler of emotions, of rare poetry.

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin extends her deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.