French Director | Journalist | Filmmaker | Screenwriter | Author | Teacher
DIFFÉRENT, established by Pierre GAFFIÉ in 1998, is a leading global entertainment company based in France whose primary focus is film production and distribution.
DIFFÉRENT produces international movies, documentaries, music videos, and short films and produces and directs in association with De Rome à Sydney.
DIFFÉRENT manages film studios in Paris and Toulouse.
The compass in the logo
reveals the direction of
films and mimics the mentorship and encouragement Mr. Gaffie provides to emerging artists, filmmakers, and technicians alike.
~ metamorphoses of life ~
Pierre Gaffié was born in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France.
After studying philosophy and cinema with filmmaker anthropologist Raymonde Carasco, he embarked on journalism on radio at RFM, and on the television program La vie à plein temps on France 3.
In one of these shows, live from Cannes, he interviewed director Lars Von Trier, for what was then the first television appearance of the Danish filmmaker on a French channel.
Mr. Gaffié gained greater notoriety when he presented cinema chronicles from Nowhere Else on Canal + for four years, alongside Philippe Gildas and Antoine de Caunes. As such, he won the "Young and Brilliant" prize for best television critic at the 1991 Cannes film festival.
His outspokenness and humor, in a cult program, earned him a direct quote from the filmmaker Michel Blanc in his film, Grosse Fatigue. In the film, the head lawman, who wakes up the actor, is called Inspector Gaffié.
Eager to move on to directing, his first filming experience; however, was a coincidence. It was while going to greet singer William Sheller, during the filming of the clip Excalibur, that he was enlisted as a halberdier appearing on the clip, produced by the famous science fiction designer, Philippe Druillet. The immense filming, filmed at the Studios in Bry-sur-Marne, is a revelation.
His first short film Le Franc, broadcast on Canal Plus, has the distinction of being the first fictional film in which Eric Carrière, member of the Chevaliers du fiel, appears. The film was notably selected for the Vendôme Film Festival.
On two occasions, Pierre wrote for one-man show artist and filmmaker, Alex Métayer. For one, the text of the program for his show, The New and the Old, but Not the Will, and the second, writing the very detailed interview for his film, Mohamed Bertrand-Duval. They were to work on a feature film project together, but circumstances prevented that.
In 2002 , he produced for France 3 the only adaptation of Kressmann Taylor's book: Unknown at This Address in a film directed by Sandrine Treiner, who has since become director of France Culture and François Chayé.
In 2005, he published an article on animal protection in the quarterly, The Electric Eye. It is the story of a veterinary student who describes her internship in a slaughterhouse. This article, dedicated to animal rights, will have a certain echo, since it will be found in many fairs or markets.
A regular contributor to the Versus cinema quarterly, he's also published articles in the daily, Liberation (Rebound pages), the magazines, Positif (March 2011), L'ours polar, and Split Screen (UK).
In 2006, he published in the English quarterly, Untitled, a study on the influence of Jean-Luc Godard on current culture entitled: Enfant Terrible
The first French journalist to publish a study on the cinema of Denis Villeneuve in the quarterly Versus (2011) and on the work of Miranda July (Versus, 2009).
The monthly, L'ant-scène cinema, entrusted him with writing the background text on the actress Émilie Dequenne, on the occasion of the release of the number devoted to the film Pas son genre by Lucas Belvaux.
In April 2012, he hosted a cinema program on the IF Television channel dedicated to independent cinema.
Actress Paloma Coquant, now a film and television actress, refers to her film lessons in an interview with the weekly magazine Express .
THE DOLPHIN SKIN CITY
(LA VILLE AUX MURS DAUPHINS)
The film's cinema version was dedicated to Peter Gabriel and includes an extract from Peter's song, Curtains. The film, dedicated to Deborah Harry a variation on the love of architecture and the architecture of love, screened in more than twenty countries and wins Best Drama at the Media Film Festival (Pennsylvania, USA) in April 2016, as well as Best Short stranger to the Back in the Box Film Festival of Encino, California. It is screened for the first part of Eugène Green's film, La Sapienza at the Winnipeg Architecture Film Festival.
RELATIVITY EXPLAINED TO CHILDREN
(LA RELATIVITÉ EXPLIQUÉE AUX ENFANTS)
This short film, wins the Audience and Jury Prize at the Short Film Festival of Lussac, France, and the Bronze Award at the Lansing Festival of Nations in Austria. The music is signed by Béatrice Thiriet, who is the composer of the soundtrack for the film, L'amant de Lady Chatterley by Pascale Ferran.
20 METERS OF LOVE IN MONTMARTRE
(20 MÈTRES D’AMOUR À MONTMARTRE)
In 2014, Pierre's short film, without words, poignantly expresses urban loneliness and the recourse to the art, and wins Best Foreign Film at the Lit Film Festival in Limerick, Ireland.
In 2018, he produced a diptych on female speech:
CONSTANCE, or, THE SYMPHONY OF KISSES
(CONSTANCE ou la SYMPHONIE des BAISERS)
This film was the first of the diptych, a romantic short film with a variation on the world of espionage as it includes an allusion to The Secret Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola.
The French voice narrative is spoken by Emmanuèle Bondeville, who regularly voices Michelle Pfeiffer, Glenn Close, or characters from Experts.
(LA NUIT SE LEVE)
Radio Moon is the second of the dyptych and addresses the theme of nocturnal radio speech and the repair it brings to the listener AND to the presenter. The main character is played by Marilyne Fontaine, seen at Jacques Doillon's. The film wins Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cut to the Chase Film Festival in West Virginia, and at Big Water Film Festival in Ashland, Wisconsin, USA. Continuing around the globe, it wins five awards at the Creation International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada for Best Director, Best Actress, Best Produced Screenplay, Best Sound Design, and Best Lighting. It continues to take Best Short, Best Film, and Best Drama awards in Australia, Wisconsin, and Mississippi, respectively.
In 2019, he directed several films on the Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade.
In 2020 and beyond, worldwide premieres includes the feature film,
CANVAS OF DRAGONFLIES (CANEVAS de LIBELLULES), sponsored by Patrice Leconte, Cartoonist Olivier Jiho, and Telephone bassist, Corine Marienneau.
Pierre also teaches cinema at EFAP Paris and ICART Paris.
Host of the Obliques program on Fréquence protestante, Pierre receives multiple artists including,
Anne Le Ny
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