Jaco Van Dormael

1957 - Today

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Jaco Van Dormael (born 9 February 1957) is a Belgian film director, screenwriter and playwright. His films especially focus on a respectful and sympathetic portrayal of people with mental and physical disabilities. Van Dormael spent his childhood travelling around Europe, before going on to study filmmaking at the INSAS in Brussels, where he wrote and directed his first short film, Maedeli la brèche (1981), which received the Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jaco Van Dormael has received more than 257,930 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Jaco Van Dormael is the 556th most popular film director (down from 536th in 2019), the 366th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 342nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Belgian Film Director.

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Among film directors, Jaco Van Dormael ranks 556 out of 1,580Before him are Just Jaeckin, Sergio Sollima, Jim Abrahams, Ján Kadár, Ralph Bakshi, and Paul Scheuring. After him are Segundo de Chomón, László Benedek, George Seaton, Lee Chang-dong, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, and Jennifer Lee.

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Among people born in 1957, Jaco Van Dormael ranks 94Before him are John Lasseter, Ray Winstone, Stefan Bellof, Steve Lukather, Bret Hart, and Antonio Cabrini. After him are Cynthia Rothrock, Robert Harris, Stephen Dillane, Jaggi Vasudev, Oliver Hirschbiegel, and William Kaelin Jr..

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Among people born in Belgium, Jaco Van Dormael ranks 366 out of 899Before him are Caspar Barlaeus (1584), Romelu Lukaku (1993), Gillis van Coninxloo (1544), Paul Anspach (1882), Prince Laurent of Belgium (1963), and Louis Michel (1947). After him are George Washington (1871), Hieronymus Cock (1518), Eugène Boch (1855), Jan Frans van Bloemen (1662), Arnulf, Count of Holland (951), and Adam van Noort (1562).


Among film directors born in Belgium, Jaco Van Dormael ranks 3Before him are Agnès Varda (1928) and Chantal Akerman (1950). After him are André Delvaux (1926), Raoul Servais (1928), Ulu Grosbard (1929), Benoît Lamy (1945), and Felix van Groeningen (1977).