Jessica Champeaux

Jessica Champeaux is a film director from Brussels.

After studying anthropology and history at the University of Paris X, she graduated in 2004 from Insas Film School (Brussels).

In 2011, she directed THE PEDICURE TRIAL, a short documentary film, noticed by critics and selected at the festivals Filmer à Tout Prix (Flagey, Brussels) and Elles Tournent/Dames Draaien (Botanique, Brussels).

In July 2017, she completes the realization of F.A.M.I.L.L.E, a long-feature documentary film, noticed by critics. It was broadcasted several times on the TV channels La Trois (RTBF), La Une (RTBF) and Arte Belgique, was released in January 2018 at the cinema l’Aventure in Brussels, and was selected in many festivals, notably at the ZagrebDox festival in the Controversial Dox section alongside films by Johan Grimonprez and Laura Poitras, at the British Film Institute’s Flare festival in London, at the Namur international francophone film festival and at the closing of the Social Intervention festival in Rezé.

She is currently working on her second feature-length documentary film for which she received in October 2020 the Scam/Sacd/Orange “Second Feature Film” grant.

In addition, she practices documentary photography for which she will be selected for the Prix Médiatine 2014.
Jessica Champeaux’s images are strangely familiar, charged with an abnormality that unfolds in environments too common to be reclaimed by the imagination. Yet it is on the irregularities of everyday life that the photographer’s gaze is focused. And she does so armed with a photographic writing that is itself paradoxical. A writing in which mastery and chance, the approximation of frames and the accuracy of moments take turns to make each image tilt from a form of triviality to unpredictable moments of poetry (Marc Wendelski, director of the International Biennial of Photography & Visual Arts of Liege, Belgium).


Jessica Champeaux & 62' — 2017
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