French director of popular art house films Betty Blue, Motel Transfert, and Diva, the latter earning him four Cesar Awards.
He worked as an assistant director on the famous French TV series Les Saintes Chéries.
His 1986 film Betty Blue earned him Best Foreign Language Film nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and the British Academy Film Awards.
He married actress Beatrice Dalle.
He and fellow Frenchman Luc Besson were often cited as examples of the cinematic trend known as cinema du look.