His father was a doctor.
Taught philosophy in his 20s and 30s.
1.4 million viewers watched Li'l Quinquin (2014) when it was first broadcast in France in Sept. 2014.
Retrospective at the 11th New Horizons International Film Festival in 2011.
Head of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 5th Vladivostok 'Pacific Meridian' International Film Festival in 2007.
President of the 'Caméra d'Or' jury at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival in 2008. The 'Caméra d'Or' was given to Steve McQueen's debut feature Hunger (2008).
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 16th Marrakech International Film Festival in 2016.
Fans of his work reportedly include Michael Haneke, Brian De Palma, John Waters, Yorgos Lanthimos, Antonio Campos and Paul Schrader.
Received the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the 71st Locarno International Film Festival in 2018.
His first two features are in the Criterion Collection: La vie de Jésus (1997) and Humanity (1999).