Moderator: Masterclass Alain Guiraudie
Pascal Mérigeau was born in 1953. After hosting various cine-clubs, he founded and, for some years, managed a cinema, Art et Essai. He collaborated with Revue du Cinéma and as a journalist his pieces appeared mostly in Nouvelles Littéraires and Point. He also worked as journalist and film critic for Le Monde, then for Nouvel Observateur, starting with September 1997.
He authored numerous books on cinema, focusing on subjects such as Josef von Sternberg, B movies, Joseph L. Mankiewicz (the book received an award for best cinema related work in 1993) and Maurice Pialat (2003, Grasset). He also wrote two novels, Escaliers dérobés (1994, Denoël) and Max Lang n’est plus ici (1999, Denoël). In 2007, he published Cinéma: autopsie d’un meurtre (Café Voltaire collection, Flammarion), while in 2008, also for Flammarion, he penned a biography of Gérard Depardieu.
In 2013, for his book Jean Renoir (Flammarion), he was awarded the Goncourt Prize for Biography, the Prize of the Society of Men of Letters of France and the Prize of the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics.
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