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Van Dormael, Jaco

Jaco Van Dormael (born 9 February 1957) is a Belgian film director, screenwriter and playwright. His complex and critically acclaimed films are especially noted for their respectful and sympathetic portrayal of people with mental and physical disabilities 1).

Van Dormael spent his childhood travelling around Europe, before going on to study filmmaking at the INSAS in Brussels, where he wrote and directed his first short film, Maedeli la brèche (1981), which received the Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards. Van Dormael's feature debut, Toto le héros (1991), was an immediate hit and won the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2).

Five years later Van Dormael was among the prizes again at Cannes with Le huitième jour (1996), when his two leading actors, Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne, were jointly awarded the prize for Best Actor. His third feature film, Mr. Nobody (2009), received further critical acclaim and many accolades, winning six Magritte Awards, including Best Film and Best Director 3).

Jaco van Dormael worked together with François Schuiten on both Toto le héros as Mr. Nobody. In 2016 they worked together with Thomas Gunzig on the scenario of a tribute album of Blake and Mortimer.

Also Jaco Van Dormael and Thomas Gunzig worked together before in 2013 and 2014 when they wrote the script for Van Dormaels film Le Tout Nouveau Testament.

Jaco van Dormael looks a lot like Edgard in the Schuiten album La Douce.