In 1997, at the age of 38, Bruno Dumont directed his first feature film, "The Life of Jesus," in Bailleul, his native town. This film earned him immediate recognition: selected at the Directors' Fortnight, it received the Mention spéciale de la Caméra d’Or. Forging a demanding, singular, raw cinematographic path, Bruno Dumont returned to Cannes in 1999 in an official competition with "L'Humanité". He was awarded the Grand Prix and a double prize for the interpretation of the two non-professional actors. Bruno Dumont moved away from the north of France to shoot "Twenty-nine Palms," in the California desert, a road movie selected at the Venice Film Festival in 2003. In 2006, "Flandres," a harsh film about the ravages of war, received the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. Bruno Dumont then directed two films on the themes of religion, mysticism, and their related issues: "Hadewijch" and "Hors Satan." After a biopic starring Juliette Binoche ("Camille Claudel 1915"), Bruno Dumont attracted a new audience with the stunning success of the mini-series "P'tit Quinquin," a much more comical project than his previous work. He continued this burlesque momentum with "Ma Loute" which was presented in official competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. He then turned his attention to the tragic fate of Joan of Arc and directed the musical "Jeannette, l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc" selected at the Directors' Fortnight in 2017 and then "Jeanne" selected at Un certain regard in 2019 where he received a Special Mention from the jury.