Marin Karmitz is born the 7th October 1938. A graduate in film photography from the IDHEC film school, he first worked as an assistant director for Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda and Jacques Rozier.In 1964 he directed his first short film, Nuit noire Calcutta, scripted by Marguerite Duras. In 1966 he worked with Samuel Beckett on an adaptation of Beckett’s play Comédie, which sparked a scandal and forty years later received an award at the Venice Biennale. Karmitz’s first feature, Sept Jours Ailleurs (1967) with Jacques Higelin, was also selected for the Mostra. In 1974, Marin Karmitz set up his own production firm, MK2, and soon added a distribution arm. Over thirty years it has produced more than a hundred films and distributed nearly 350. Godard, Resnais, Chabrol, Louis Malle, Kieslowski, Kiarostami, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Angelopoulos, Gus Van Sant, Jonathan Lossiter, Ken Loach, Jacques Doillon, Pavel Lunguin, Hong Sang Soo, Peter Haneke, and, most recently, Abdelatif Kechiche (his latest film is in production) have all been produced by MK2. These works have received an impressive roll-call of accolades: three Golden Palms in Cannes, three Golden Lions in Venice, a Golden Bear in Berlin, three Oscar nominations, 25 Césars (the French ‘Oscars’) and more than a hundred awards at international festivals. Karmitz’s work has received many official tributes since the 1980s, by institutions such as the Cinémathèque Française, the Pompidou Centre, MoMA, and the film heritage centres in Tel Aviv, Madrid, Munich and Boulogne. Karmitz has also received many awards worldwide for his career as a producer. Strongly involved in contemporary art, he chaired the contemporary art centre at the Château d’Oiron from 1991–96; was vice-chair of the Friends of the Musée du Jeu de Paume until 2004; and has helped judge the Prix Altadis Arts Plastiques, the Premier Prix Marcel Duchamp and the Prix Artcurial for contemporary art books. In 1995 he published a book of memoirs, Bande à part; and in 2003 a book of interviews with Stéphane Paoli, Profession Producteur (Hachette Littérature). The president of the ‘cultural creation, competitiveness and social cohesion’ group for France’s eleventh 5-year plan in 1992, and a member of the ‘commission for a new public television’ in 2008, he was appointed delegate-general of the Council for Artistic Creation in January 2009 by President Sarkozy.Karmitz recently curated the exhibition Silences (2009) at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, which was restaged later that year at the Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Lisbon. He has also chaired the Chambre Philharmonique orchestra since 2004. At the Rencontres d’Arles 2010, he will presenthis collection of more than two hundred photographic works for the first time.