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2007 Festival Short Films (March 30 - April 1)

Jacques Chirac

French directors Karl Zéro and Michel Royer present this U.S. premiere of Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac

directors Karl Zéro and Michel Royer  screenwriters Karl Zéro and Michel Royer  producers Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud and Emmanuel Priou starring Jacques Chirac, Dider Gustin (voice) running time 90 min general audience


The unauthorized biography. A funny-mentary. An homage to the greatest French actor: Jacques Chirac, president of France. Since 1967, Jacques Chirac has appeared every day on television: millions of hours of automatic gestures, jerky speeches and feverish cavalcades. What if, in this crucial period of his life and term of office, he had decided to disclose it all, to restore the truth? Being Jacques Chirac aims to do just so. Karl Zéro and Michel Royer explored these 40 years of footage and have made the president explain the meaning of this inexhaustible quest for power. When truth is stranger than fiction.

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« Une œuvre malicieuse et passionnante »
– Thierry Cheze, Studio Magazine    

« Un faux autoportrait absolument irrésistible. (...) On peut hurler de colère devant ces dérives de la démocratie, choisissons d'en hurler de rire.  »
– Grégory Alexandre, Rolling Stone

AccueilCongratulations to the team of the film Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac for its 2007 César nomination for Best Documentary.

Karl Zéro

2004 Les Dalton by Philippe Haïm
2003 Le Furet by Jean-Pierre Mocky
2003 Le Contre Journal (TV series)
2003 60 jours, 60 nuits (TV series)
2002 Le Journal des bonnes nouvelles (TV series)
2000 Les Misérables (TV) by Josée Dayan
1997 Le Jour et la nuit by Bernard-Henri Lévy
1996 Le Vrai Journal (TV series)
1993 Le Tronc

Michel Royer

2006 A la recherche de la folle perdue
1997 Le Don de Yussuf by Ralph Seiler

Jacques Chirac

2002 Reelected President of the Republic of France (in 2nd round of polling) with 82.21 percent of votes cast versus 17.79 percent of votes cast for Jean-Marie Le Pen
1995 Elected president of the Republic of France (in 2nd round of polling) with 52.64 percent
1986 Prime minister (“Cohabitation” period)
1977 Elected mayor of Paris
1976 Elected president of the Rally for the Republic
1974 Appointed prime minister
1974 Minister of the interior
1967 State secretary for social affairs, with responsibility for employment problems
1967 Deputy for the Corrèze department
1957 ENA - National School of Administration


Interview with Karl Zéro (director)

How did you come up with the idea of the film?
Michel Royer had been discussing it for years. He’d worked with me on our show at Canal+, “Le Vrai Journal,” and each week he would find some funny archives, relating to our political guest on the show. He has this incredible talent for spotting those little nuggets. Jacques Chirac, who as the president of the Republic of France, doesn’t often attend such shows therefore Michel had done a piece on unemployment seen through the eyes of Chirac. It was hilarious. It was on that day that we started to fool around with the idea of a film, which would be a comedy and also a movie, not political, but about politics.

Do you feel close to the work of Michael Moore on Bush? Is it a model for you?
No, he’s a friend. A long time before Fahrenheit 9/11 or Bowling for Colombine, when he had his TV show “TV Nation” in the U.S., I invited him a couple of times to our set at “Le Vrai Journal.” His film on Bush came in the middle of his reelection campaign in 2004; the film was propaganda against Bush’s reelection. A bit like Moretti did recently with Berlusconi. We know that Chirac won’t run for a third term (unless he feels rejuvenated by Being Jacques Chirac!) and we didn’t want to do a shoot-them-up type of movie. The simple fact of telling the story with his voice, with his way of thinking, of imagining how he could defend himself in private, creates a distance from a very tough type of criticism, more like the Moore approach. We’ve made an autobiography, though unauthorized, which is bound to create controversy. But it’s still an autobiography. What we are looking for is to enable a form of debate with the audience — who are first and foremost citizens — on the role that this man had, and still has, on what it really implies to be a politician, a President, and on the very strong influence he’s had on French society, on the crisis that this country has been in, which, to us, seems like the result of the last 40 political years … It’s a movie without any form of violence, without gunshots, but with a lot of dead bodies.





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