Jaco Van Dormael

Jaco Van Dormael is a Belgian screenwriter and director. He made his feature-length debut in 1991 with Toto le Héros (Toto the Hero) which won the Golden Camera at the Cannes Film Festival. He came back to Cannes in 1996 with Le huitième jour (The Eighth Day) where his actors won the Best Actor award. His film, Mr. Nobody won two awards at the Venice Film Festival in 2009. The live performance play Kiss and Cry, combining dance and cinema, toured the world in 2012 onwards and was followed by Cold Blood in 2016. His latest film, The Brand New Testament (2015), with Benoît Poelvoorde, was selected at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and received numerous awards in Belgium and across Europe. In 2021 he made a segment in the documentary Isolation, about the economic, psychological, and social effect of the COVID pandemic.