French filmmaker Michel Gondry has been a mainstay of the international film world for nearly 15 years, working both in France and in Hollywood, but he made his name as a music-video director in the ’90s, collaborating with artists such as Daft Punk, Kylie Minogue, The White Stripes, and Björk. Three years after his first feature, Human Nature, debuted at Cannes in 2001, Gondry shared a screenplay Oscar for his follow-up, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Since then, Gondry has directed both narrative and documentary films, including The Science of Sleep (2006), Be Kind Rewind (2008), The Thorn in the Heart (2009), and Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013). For his latest work, Gondry returns home with a comedy about two young friends who embark on a road trip across France in a homemade caravan. Gondry will join NYFF Live to talk about Microbe & Gasoline, which is having its U.S. Premiere at the festival, and more.
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