"Films should explore the boundaries of human relationships"
Jacques saw the light in tiny LUXEMBOURG on February 15th, 1980 (as you can see on the photo, he was the life of the party!).
After two years of medical studies, he enrolled at IAD ("Institut des Arts de Diffusion", Belgium) to pursue the craft of film.
When he got fed up by the rainy weather, Jacques took a trip to California to participate in summer production workshop « directing intensive » at the prestigious UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (2003), attending lectures by William H. Macy, Jerome Gary and David Kellogg.
Back in Belgium, Jacques completed his IAD thesis project GEMINI in 2005: that bold mixture of traditional film and animation techniques was screened f.i. at Korea’s SICAF and Munich Student Film Festival, eventually winning a jury prize in Brussels.
In 2008, Jacques co-wrote (with Xavier Seron) and directed his first professional short WITH THE DUST ("En compagnie de la poussière"). This story of a failed gay romance, exploring the intersection of love and death, was screened in the official short competition at LOCARNO, as well as in numerous international festivals: Les Films du Monde in Montréal, Ghent, Dresden Filmfest, Torino LGBT, etc. "With the Dust" was also screened on ARTE.
His third short film BONOBO (2009), a portrait of a man's self-destruction, shot on 35mm, was broadcast on channel France 2.
In 2015, Jacques released his first fiction feature MAMMEJONG, a drama about a man-child who tries to sever the unhealthy ties that bind him to his mother to win the heart of a troubled young woman. The Samsa films /WrongMen production premièred at Max Ophüls festival in Saarbrücken and has since been screened in numerous venues like New Filmmakers NYC, Chicago European Union Festival and Francophone Film Festival in Rome.
In his quest for perfection, Jacques has also attended workshops by Peter Webber ("Hannibal Rising") and script doctor legend John Truby.
Jacques is currently working on the RTL television documentary series "routwäissgro", which he co-created in a collective with 12 other filmmakers. Jacques directed one of the most controversial episodes, featuring an intimate yet critical portrait of young right-wing politician Joe Thein. Jacques's interest in documentary filmmaking had started with 2013's SWEETHEART COME (produced by Red Lion), tackling unconventional sexuality and relationships in Luxembourg.
His most recent project is the 40-minute documentary LISTEN, shot in Sénégal and Guinea-Bissau. The aesthetically powerful tryptich portrays West African NGO Enda Santé's work in HIV prevention.
Jacques currently develops his second feature, the horror film KOMMUNIOUN (formerly titled URWALD) with Les Films Fauves (GUTLAND).