Films byTexts by Luc Dardenne

Luc Dardenne (1954) is a Belgian filmmaker and author. He makes films together with his brother Jean-Pierre Dardenne. They are often referred to as the Dardenne brothers. They won the Palme d’Or for best film at the Cannes Film Festival for Rosetta (1999) and L’enfant (2005). Other films by the Dardenne brothers include La promesse (1996), Le fils (2002), Le gamin au vélo (2011), and Deux jours une nuit (2014). As an author, Luc Dardenne has published Au dos de nos images I & II (2005 & 2015), a filmmaking diary, and Sur l'affaire humaine (2012).

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 1981, 50’

“The radio voice not only is a poetic sound (upon which the soundtrack plays enormously) but conveys a political truth: ‘politics is first and foremost a question of voice; radio is a question of voice,’ says the repairman, the man at the beach speaks against the din of the sea.

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 1982, 55’

Leçons d’une université volante is a quintet of short interviews with Belgian immigrants from communist Poland. The Dardennes have said one of the reasons they made documentaries was to gather people together and build communities of workers, immigrants, and activists.

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 1996, 90’

Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father’s orders.


Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 1999, 95’

“The plot comprises little more than this: Rosetta losing a job and searching for another, several times over. The melodrama that one keeps expecting to see − of violence or sexual abuse − never eventuates. Yet few films have the power or sheer monumentality of Rosetta.

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 2019, 84’

“Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s new feature film delves into the complex character of Ahmed, an enigmatic 13-year-old boy who is determined to commit murder, spurred on by his religious convictions.