Writer and director
Internationally recognised documentary-maker Nicolas Philibert directed his first feature-length documentary in 1978, “La voix de son maître (His Master’s Voice)”, where twelve captains of industry (L’Oréal, IMB, Thomson, Elf, etc.) discuss power, hierarchy and leadership, gradually depicting a world that is dominated by finance.
From 1985 to 1987 he made various sports adventure films for television before directing feature-length documentaries that were released on the big screen: “La Ville Louvre (Louvre City)” (1990), “Le Pays des sourds (In the Land of the Deaf)” (1992), “Un animal, des animaux (Animals and More Animals)” (1995), “La Moindre des choses (Every Little Thing)” (1996), “Qui Sait?” (1999), “Retour en Normandie (Back to Normandy)” (2006) and “Nénette”, a vision of a female orang-utan in captivity for 37 years at a Parisian zoo.
His 2002 film “Être et avoir (To Be and To Have)”, about a “one-room” school in a small village in Auvergne, was entered in the Official Selection at the Cannes Festival and was a great success in France and some forty other countries.
His latest offering, “La Maison de La Radio” (2013), takes us to the heart of Radio France to see what is usually unseen: a behind-the-scenes look at a form of media where the subject matter itself (sound) is invisible.
Over 130 tributes and retrospectives of his films have been held around the world since 2002.