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The City of Lost Children

About The Filmmakers

With "The City of Lost Children," directors (and co-screenwriters) Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro reach new heights and realize long-held dreams in this, the sixteenth year of their professional collaboration. From 1980 to 1990, the duo teamed on a series of short films, music videos, and TV commercials. They have developed a style all their own, comprised of a devilish sense of humor; an astounding eye for detail and the power of film; and a unique vision, beyond compare, of the future. The leap to the big screen came with 1991's utterly distinctive "Delicatessen." Since then, the pair have worked on the new film, perfecting the story, the special effects, and the cast of characters.

Producer Claudie Ossard reteams with Jeunet and Caro on "The City of Lost Children," after having produced "Delicatessen." Mme. Ossard's other productions include Jean-Jacques Beineix's "Betty Blue"; Serge Gainsbourg's "Charlotte For Ever"; Ian Sellar's "Prague"; Roland Topor's "Marquis"; and Emir Kusturica's "Arizona Dream," the director's cut of which was released in the United States this past summer.

Director of Photography Darius Khondji recently won acclaim for his work on David Fincher's "Seven." His other films include "Prague" (also for producer Claudie Ossard) and the Jeunet/Caro debut feature, "Delicatessen." Khondji's latest project is Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty."

Composer Angelo Badalamenti is best known for his unforgettable scoring of the television series "Twin Peaks." His other collaborations with David Lynch include the films "Blue Velvet," "Wild At Heart," and "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me." His other film scores include Joel Schumacher's "Cousins" and Paul Schrader's "The Comfort of Strangers." Badalamenti has recorded albums in collaboration with vocalists Julee Cruise and Marianne Faithfull. The latter performs "Who Will Take Your Dreams Away?," heard over the end credits of "The City of Lost Children."

Costumer Jean-Paul Gaultier, considered l'enfant terrible of fashion, previously designed the costumes for Pedro Almodovar's "Kika" and Peter Greenaway's "The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover." His career in fashion began on his 18th birthday, which was the day he became Pierre Cardin's assistant. Gaultier presented his first collection in 1976. Subsequent collections featured innovations such as "can" bracelets (1978), the corset-dress (1981), skirts for men (1985), and, in 1994, "The Tattooed and Pierced."

Set designer Jean Rabasse previously worked on the films "Delicatessen" and Guy Jacques' "My Name Is Victor."

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