Born in 1963 in Brussels, Pierre-Paul Renders graduated in classical philology (UCL) and got a diploma in directing (IAD, Louvain-la-Neuve). Having left IAD, he and his five classmates started a production company (AA Belgians Films). They created their first collective feature film sketches, with a very Belgian surrealist style, Les Sept Péchés Capitaux (1992), based on which he created a short film La Tendresse. After a detour via television and documentaries (mainly for Doctors Without Borders), he directed Thomas est amoureux (2001), his first feature film, with screenplay by Philippe Blasband; a unique piece that's very difficult to categorize. It received awards at film festivals in Venice, Montreal, Angers, Gerardmer, Paris, Espoo and Buenos Aires. In collaboration with Denis Lapière he wrote Comme tout le monde, a script that was simultaneously turned into a sociological romantic comedy (2006, Khalid Maadour, Caroline Dhavernas, Thierry Lhermitte, Chantal Lauby... ) and a graphic novel (illustrated by Rudy Spiessert and published in 2007 by Dupuis). In 2006, he created the concept for the series Alter Ego (Alter Ego, Dupuis/Europe Comics, 2015) and presented it to Denis Lapière and Dupuis. Since 2004 he has been writing and directing workshops for students at IAD. He also runs courses for film actors and also does the odd bit of script-doctoring. Since 1990 he has also been a comics columnist for the Journal du Médecin.
Country of origin: Belgium Europe Comics Publisher: Dupuis (Belgium)