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Pierre Schœller was born in Paris. After studying modern literature and cinema, he devoted himself to scriptwriting – most notably for Alain Gomis, Jean-Pierre Limosin, and Merzak Allouache. In 2000, he directed the TV movie Zero Default for Arte on labor conditions. In 2008, he wrote and directed Versailles, a melodrama shot at the Palace of Versailles. Concerned about filming current events, he followed with The Minister, a political thriller which won the Fipresci Prize at Un Certain Regard, 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In 2012, he directed Les Anonymes for Canal +. In December 2013, Arte Reportage offered him the opportunity to film in a refugee camp in Kurdistan, which produced Le Temps Perdu. Since 2013, he has been working with Archipel 35 on One Nation, One King.