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Virgil Vernier

Virgil Vernier is a French actor and director born in 1976. In 2001, he directed his first film, Karine. His short and medium-length films have been featured in numerous international festivals, including the Directors’ Fortnight (Cannes), ACID (Cannes), FID Marseille, Locarno Film Festival, IndieLisboa, Cinema du Reel (Paris), and the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal). His film Pandore competed for the Best Short Film category at the César Awards in 2012 and received the CNC Quality Award in 2011. In 2019, Sapphire Crystal won the Grand Prize at the Côté Court Festival and also competed for the César for Best Short Film. After directing four feature-length documentaries, Virgil Vernier directed his first fiction feature film, Mercuriales (Kazak Productions), which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival (ACID 2014) in 2014. In 2018, his feature film Sophia Antipolis (Kazak Productions) premiered at the Locarno Film Festival before being selected at various international festivals, including Berlin, Hong Kong, Taipei, New York, Rotterdam, Vienna, and San Sebastian.
His latest film, Kindertotenlieder, in competition at Cinéma du réel in 2021, received the Jean Vigo Award in 2022.