Guests of the Second Edition

Think Cinema Lausanne is once again welcoming renowned filmmakers whose acclaimed works have inspired our collective imagination. Joel Coen, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Paul Auster, Agnès Jaoui, Andrey Zvyagintsev,are among our guests this year. Meet these influential filmmakers by attending their public conversations and join us in movie theaters to (re)discover their films.

Jean-Jacque Annaud

Jean-Jacques Annaud


Jean-Jacques Annaud is renowned for his acclaimed films and groundbreaking endeavours. Since his first feature La victoire en chantant(Oscar for best foreign film in 1977) he has had an unwavering fascination for world cultures and the making of spectacular movies.  After cult classic Hothead(1979), where he directed Patrick Dewaere, Quest for Fire established him internationally (César for Best Film and Best Director, 1981). Since then, he has enjoyed continued success with varying film genres: The Name of the Rose(1986, César for Best Foreign Film), The Bear(1988, César for Best Director), The Lover(1992), Seven Years in Tibet(1994), and Two Brothers(2004). In 2018, Jean-Jacques Annaud directed Patrick Dempsey in the mini-series adapted from Joël Dicker’s best-seller, The Truth About the Harry Québert Affair.


Films screened:

The Name of the Rose, Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1986

The Bear, Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1988


A conversation with Jean-Jacques Annaud:

Friday, March 8, ECAL, 6:30 pm

Agnes Jaoui

Agnès Jaoui


Actress, screenwriter, director and singer, Agnès Jaoui is the most awarded woman in French cinema, with six Césars. She developed a writing style for theatre and film with actor & writer Jean-Pierre Bacri, that quickly brought them public and critical recognition. In 2000, she directedLe Goût des Autres, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and received 2 Césars, including that for Best Film. Comme une Image(2004), her second feature film, won the Cannes Film Festival award for Best Screenplay. Her fifth film, Place Publiqueco-written with Jean-Pierre Bacri, was released in 2018. She has also appeared as an actress in more than thirty films, working with directors such as Cédric Klapisch, Alain Resnais, Blandine Lenoir and Bruno Podalydès.


Films screened:

Le goût des Autres, Agnès Jaoui, 2000


A conversation with Agnès Jaoui:

Saturday, March 9, ECAL, 4pm

Paul Auster

Paul Auster


Paul Auster is an American writer, screenwriter, playwright and director. He is the bestselling author of The Invention of Solitude, Moon Palace, The Book of Illusionsand The New York Trilogy, among many other works. He has  been translated into more than forty languages. A film lover, he considers himself more of a storyteller than a novelist, naturally turning to scriptwriting and filmmaking. His films include Smoke(1995), Brooklyn Boogie(1995), Lulu on the Bridge(Cannes Film Festival, 1998), and The Inner Life of Martin Frost(2007) about the mysterious encounter between a novelist and his muse. Paul Auster is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Commandeur des Ordres des Arts et des Lettres (Commander of France’s Order of Arts and Letters). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Films screened:

Smoke, Wayne Wang and Paul Auster, 1995

Lulu on the Bridge, Paul Auster, 1998

The Inner life of Martin Frost, Paul Auster, 2007


A conversation with Paul Auster:

Saturday, March 9, Cinéma Capitole, 11am

Andrei Zviaguintsev

Andreï Zviaguintsev


Critically acclaimed worldwide, Andrey Zvyagintsev is one of the spearheads of contemporary Russian cinema. After starting his career as an actor in the 1990s, The Return revealed him as a film director in 2003 winning him the Golden Lion and Best First Film in Venice, amongst many other awards. Andrey Zvyagintsev has since built a profoundly coherent and consistent filmography winning numerous awards, notably at the Cannes Film Festival. With The Banishment(2008), Elena (2012, Jury Prize Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival), Leviathan (2014, Best Screenplay Prize Cannes Film Festival and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film), Loveless (2017, César for Best Foreign Film and Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival), Andrey Zvyagintsev is, at 55, among the most influential directors of his generation.


Films screened:

Elena, Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2011

Leviathan, Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014


A conversation with Andrey Zvyagintsev:

Friday, March 8, ECAL, 5pm

Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Jean-Paul Rappeneau


Jean-Paul Rappeneau began his career as a screenwriter for Louis Malle and Philippe de Broca. His first film A Matter of Resistance(1966) won the Louis Delluc Prize and was a great box-office success. His filmsLes Mariés de l’An Deux,Le Sauvage (1975)and All Fired Up (1982)received the same success. Bon Voyage (2003)and Families (2015)concluded his cycle of “comedy drama” films. With his adaptation of Jean Giono’s The Horseman on the Roof (1995) and triumphant adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)we are reminded that Jean-Paul Rappeneau, before being a lover of cinema, is first a lover of literature.


Film screened:

Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean-Paul Rappeneau (1990)

Followed by a Q&A with the director after the screening

Saturday, March 9, Le Capitole 2:30 pm

Joel Coen

Joel Coen


Joel Coen has written, produced and directed films for 35 years, forming with his brother Ethan the cult duo “Coen Brothers”. His films have won the most prestigious awards, including two Oscars for Fargo (1997) and four Oscars for No Country for Old Men(2008). His films have also won awards from, among others, The National Board of Review, The Golden Globes, BAFTA, The WGA and The DGA. In Cannes,Barton Finkwon the Palme d’Or in 1991,The Barber received the Director’s Award in 2001 andInside Llewyn Daviswon the Grand Prix in 2013. The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs (2018), nominated for three Academy Awards at the upcoming Oscars, is his 18th feature film.



Films screened:

The Big Lebowski, Joel Coen, 1998

Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Joel and Ethan Coen, 2018



A conversation with Joel Coen:

Saturday, March 9, ECAL, 5:30 pm

Nathaniel Méchaly

Nathaniel Méchaly


French composer and musician, Nathaniel Méchaly made his film composing debut in 2004 with Raphael Nadjari’s Avanim. He then went on to write scores for many films, including Guy Ritchie’s Revolver and the Taken trilogy, (his soundtrack for part 1 won two BMI Awards in London and Los Angeles). In 2014, he won the best composer award with Shigeru Umebayashi at the 8th Asian Film Festival for their music for The Grandmaster directed by Wong Kar-wai. More recently he has composed the music score for the Franco-Swedish series Jour Polaire, with Leïla Bekhti on Canal+ and for Season 3 of the Kabul Kitchen series. In 2017 he reunited with Wong Kar-wai for his latest production See You Tomorrow. In 2018, he composed the music for Netflix documentary November 13, directed by Jules and Gédéon Naudet. He is currently working on Roschdy Zem’s latest film Persona non grata.


A conversation with Alfred Lot, director, and Julien Feltin director of Ejma:

Friday, March 8, EJMA, 3pm

Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy Thomas


In his 45-year career, Jeremy Thomas has produced over sixty films and worked with leading filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, David Cronenberg, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, Phillip Noyce, Matteo Garrone, Takeshi Kitano, Nicolas Roeg, Nagisa Oshima, Richard Linklater. A visionary producer, he has made a major contribution to the history of independent cinema, as is evident from the many masterpieces he has produced such as Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor(1987, winner of nine Oscars), Cronenberg’s Crash (1996)& Naked Lunch(1991) and Ôshima’sMerry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983). He has also directed a film, All the Little Animals, in 1998.


Films screened:

Naked Lunch, by David Cronenberg, 1991

The Last Emperor, by Bernardo Bertolucci, 1987


A conversation with Jeremy Thomas:

Thursday, March 7, ECAL, 4pm

Matt Dillon

American actor and director Matt Dillon made his film debut in the late 1970s and was regarded as the new James Dean for his teen roles in films such as Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish and The Outsiders (1983). From the late 1980s onward, Dillon diversified his repertoire and distinguished himself with films such as Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy (1989) and To Die For (1995), and the Farrelly brothers’ There’s Something About Mary (1998). He directed his first feature film City of Ghosts (2002) in which he also starred with Gérard Depardieu, Stellan Skarsgård, and James Caan. He won an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in Paul Haggis’ Crash (2004). He went on to star in a number of films including Bent Hamer’s Factotum (2005) and most recently in Lars von Trier’s film The House that Jack Built.

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