Barbet Schroeder – (pronounced “bar-bay”) Born Aug. 26, 1941, in Tehran, Iran. His father is a Swiss geologist from Geneva, his mother a German physician. After a childhood in Colombia, at the age of 11 he arrives in Paris and enters the French Lycée and Université systems. He studies Philosophy at the Sorbonne.


1958-1963: Journalist. Collaborates at the influential French film magazine, Cahiers du Cinéma and ‘L’air de Paris’
1961: Travels to India to work as a production assistant on a movie by Fritz Lang that gets cancelled, stays the next six months in India, traveling all across the country; Ends up working as an assistant photographer for an Italian publishing company.
1962: Assistant to Jean-Luc Godard on the film LES CARABINIERS. He directs two short 16mm B&W films.

1963: Creates the production company Les Films du Losange and produces the first two “Moral Tales (Contes Moraux)” films of Eric Rohmer : LA BOULANGÈRE DE MONCEAU (in which he also had the starring role) and LA CARRIÈRE DE SUZANNE.

Nominated, Best Director, Oscars & Golden Globes, for REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
Awarded French César, Best Documentary 2007 for L’AVOCAT DE LA TERREUR/TERROR’S ADVOCATEavocatposter
Nominated, Directors Guild of America (DGA), for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in feature film, Documentary, for TERROR’S ADVOCATE



1969 MORE with Mimsy Farmer and Klaus Grunberg (Cannes)
1971 SING-SING, MAQUILLAGES, LE REPAS RITUEL… (short documentaries, New Guinea)
1972 THE VALLEY/LA VALÉE, with Bulle Ogier and Jean-Pierre Kalfon (Venice)
1974 GENERAL IDI AMIN DADA (documentary) (Cannes)
1975 MAITRESSE with Bulle Ogier and Gérard Depardieu
1977 KOKO, THE TALKING GORILLA (documentary) (Cannes)
1982-84 THE CHARLES BUKOWSKI TAPES(50 x 4 minutes videos)
1984 TRICHEURS with Bulle Ogier and Jacques Dutronc
1987 BARFLY with Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway (Cannes)
1990 REVERSAL OF FORTUNE with Glenn Close, Ron Silver and Jeremy Irons (Oscar for Best Actor)
1992 SINGLE WHITE FEMALE with Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh
1994 KISS OF DEATH with David Caruso, Nicholas Cage and Samuel Jackson (Cannes)
1995 BEFORE AND AFTER with Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson
1997 DESPERATE MEASURES with Andy Garcia and Michael Keaton
2000 OUR LADY OF THE ASSASSINS with German Jaramillo (Venice)
2002 MURDER BY NUMBERS with Sandra Bullock (Cannes)
2007 TERRORS ADVOCATE (Cannes, DGA nomination for best director in documentary, French César)
2008 INJU with Benoit Magimel and Lika Minamato (Venice, Toronto)
2009 MAD MEN (Television Series) Season 3 Ep. 12, “The Grown Ups” with Jon Hamm, January Jones


1964 MEDITERANEE by Jean-Daniel Pollet
1965 PARIS VU PAR… by Claude Chabrol, Jean Douchet, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Daniel Pollet, Eric Rohmer, Jean Rouch
1966 LA COLLECTIONNEUSE by Eric Rohmer
1967 TU IMAGINES ROBINSON by Jean-Daniel Pollet
1968 MA NUIT CHEZ MAUD by Eric Rohmer
1970 LE GENOU DE CLAIRE by Eric Rohmer
1972 L’AMOUR L’APRES-MIDI by Eric Rohmer
OUT ONE by Jacques Rivette (coproduction)
1973 LA MAMAN ET LA PUTAIN by Jean Eustache (coproduction)
1974 CELINE ET JULIE VONT EN BATEAU by Jacques Rivette
1975 FLOCONS D’OR by Wemer Schroeter
LA MARQUISE D’O by Eric Rohmer
1976 ROULETTE CHINOISE by R.W. Fassbinder (coproduction)
L’AMI AMERICAIN by Wim Wenders (coproduction)
1977 LE PASSE MONTAGNE by Jean-François Stévenin
1978 LES RITES DE LA MORT by Thierry Zeno (coproduction)
1979 LE NAVIRE NIGHT by Marguerite Duras
1981 LE PONT DU NORD by Jacques Rivette
1984 MAUVAISE CONDUITE by Nestor Almendros


Barbet has also acted in a number of very small roles in movies directed by friends, most notably:  LES CARABINIERS, LA BOULANGERE DE MONCEAU, PARIS VU PAR … (Episode GARE DU NORD by Jean Rouch), OUT ONE, CÉLINE ET JULIE VONT EN BATEAU, ROBERTE CE SOIR, BANDINI, BEVERLY HILLS COP 3, LA REINE MARGOT, MARS ATTACKS!, PARIS JE T’AIME (13ème Arrondissement by Chris Doyle), NE TOUCHEZ PAS LA HACHE, DARJEELING LIMITED (Wes Anderson), L’AVOCAT DE LA TERREUR, COMME UN CHIEN (Benoit Delepine)