Nobel Face: Christian de DuveBack to the list
Directors: Aurélie Wijnants
Producer: Eloges Production
Language: French & English
Country of Production: France
The portrait of Christian de Duve, 1974 winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and founder of the De Duve Institute, is an intimist sketch drawing on the vision of his granddaughter Aurélie Wijnants, the film’s director. Wijnants introduces us to the figure of her grandfather with tenderness and humanity. A balance between the intimate and the universal, both life story and broader look at the world, the film is based on the year 1974 when the Belgian biochemist was honoured. It follows his research career, his quest to create the Institute and his development as an author. Through this great mind of the 20th century and his take on issues at the heart of our concerns today, the film gives us new perspectives and food for thought on some fundamental topics: religion, conflicts, the fate of the planet and the future of mankind.