The fruit of Bruno Dumont’s romance with television was originally a four-part miniseries. A peaceful rural setting is shaken by a series of murders: the killer hides the dismembered body inside the bowels of some cows. The investigation is led by two eccentric police officers (Captain Van Der Weyden must be Peter Sellers’ cousin). Also interested in this unprecedented sensation is the title character, L’il Quinquin, an inquisitive little rascal with poor hearing and a mesmerizing face. A Dumont comedy could never completely fit the conventions of the genre, and so the on-screen humor is mixed in with his well-known tragic existentialism and relentless concern for the environment and social animosities. Dumont usually tackles difficult subjects – immigration policy, racism, betrayal – and the dirty secrets of the weak human spirit are no less important here. In this unusual, though hugely successful attempt at comedy, Dumont’s sympathy for the unique physiognomy of amateurs gains a new context.
Bruno Dumont was born in 1958 in France and prepared for his work as an artist by lecturing in philosophy and making commercials. Cinema was supposed to be his escape from the binding logic of thinking, through language that would enable him to express the contradictions that rule the world. His first encounter with the medium was quite successful: his debut The Life of Jesus received Jean Vigo and Golden Camera awards. Dumont’s later works included Humanity, Hadewijch and Outside Satan. In later films, the director tries to create "lay religious cinema", in other words one that confronts dogma with intangible reality. At the same time, he is also considered to be the inheritor of Robert Bresson and a co-creator of the trend known as ‘new French extremism’.
1997 Życie Jezusa / La Vie de Jésus / The Life of Jesus
1999 Ludzkość / L’Humanité / Humanity
2003 Twentynine Palms
2011 Poza szatanem / Hors Satan / Outside Satan
2013 Camille Claudel, 1915