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Philippe Garrel

Philippe Garrel (born 6 April 1948 in Boulogne-Billancourt) is a French director, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor and producer. His movies have won him awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. He had a ten-year relationship with German singer and actress Nico between 1969 and 1979, with the actress appearing in seven of his films between 1972 and 1979. He is the father of actor Louis Garrel from a relationship with the actress Brigitte Sy. He was born in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1948, the son of actor Maurice Garrel. He started his film career early, directing and writing his first film Les Enfants Désaccordés in 1964. Garrel met Nico in 1969 when she performed the song "The Falconer" for his film Le Lit de la Vierge and the couple were soon living together. Nico first appeared in the 1972 film La Cicatrice Intérieure (aka the Inner Scar). Songs included in the film appear on Nico's album Desertshore, which features stills from it on the front and back covers. Nico appeared in a number of Garrel's films after this. Their ten-year relationship ended in 1979. In 1982, Garrel won the Prix Jean Vigo for the film L'Enfant Secret.

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