Julie Bertuccelli studied philosophy before moving into documentary film-making in 1993 with Un metier comme un autre, followed by Une Liberté (1994), La Fabrique des Juges, Bienvenue au grand magasin (1999), Un monde en fusion (2006), Le mystère Glasberg (2008). Her breakthrough film was Depuis qu’Otar est parti en 2002, which she also co-wrote, and which went on to win twenty prizes both in France and elsewhere. It was followed by L’Arbre (The Tree, 2010) and La Cour de Babel (The School of Babel, 2014). Her latest documentary film, Dernières Nouvelles du cosmos (2016) was nominated for “Best documentary” at the 2017 Césars and won “the le Grand prix du Festival international du film sur l’Art” in 2018. The same year she completed her film Claire Darling (2018) starring Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni which was released in February 2019. In 2021, she worked on the documentary Jane Campion, Cinema Woman which was screened in the Cannes Classics section of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
Bertuccelli is the first female President of the French collective management society, La Scam between 2013 and 2015. She was re-elected chair of La Scam between 2017 and 2019.