Magritte Award for Best Director

Magritte Award for Best Director
Presented by Académie André Delvaux
First awarded 2011
Currently held by Jaco Van Dormael, The Brand New Testament (2015)
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The Magritte Award for Best Director (French: Magritte du meilleur réalisateur) is an award presented annually by the Académie André Delvaux. It is given in honor of a film director who has exhibited outstanding directing while working within the film industry. It is one of the Magritte Awards, which were established to recognize excellence in Belgian cinematic achievements.[1]

The 1st Magritte Awards ceremony was held in 2011 with Jaco Van Dormael receiving the award for his work in Mr. Nobody.[2] As of the 2016 ceremony, Jaco Van Dormael is the most recent winner in this category for his work in The Brand New Testament.[3]

Winners and nominees

In the list below, winners are listed first in the colored row, followed by the other nominees.


Year Director(s) English title Original title
Jaco Van Dormael Mr. Nobody
Joachim Lafosse Private Lessons Élève libre
Olivier Masset-Depasse Illegal Illégal
Nabil Ben Yadir The Barons Les Barons
Bouli Lanners The Giants Les Géants
Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon The Fairy La Fée
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne The Kid with a Bike Le Gamin au vélo
Sam Garbarski A Distant Neighborhood Quartier lointain
Joachim Lafosse Our Children À perdre la raison
Lucas Belvaux One Night 38 témoins
François Pirot Mobile Home
Patrick Ridremont Dead Man Talking
Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar Ernest & Celestine Ernest et Célestine
Frédéric Fonteyne Tango libre
Sam Garbarski Vijay and I
Vincent Lannoo In the Name of the Son Au nom du fils
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne Two Days, One Night Deux jours, une nuit
Lucas Belvaux Not My Type Pas son genre
Nabil Ben Yadir The Marchers La Marche
Yolande Moreau Henri
Jaco Van Dormael The Brand New Testament Le Tout Nouveau Testament
Bernard Bellefroid Melody
Savina Dellicour All Cats Are Grey Tous les chats sont gris
Fabrice Du Welz Alleluia


  1. Denis, Fernand (October 13, 2010). "André Delvaux, l'œuvre au jour". La Libre Belgique (in French). Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  2. "Le cinéma belge était à l'honneur lors de la Première édition des Magritte du cinéma belge francophone". Moniteur du film (in French). Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  3. Moury, Gaëlle; Bradfer, Fabienne (February 7, 2016). "Jaco Van Dormael et la Flandre se distinguent aux Magritte du cinéma". Le Soir (in French). Retrieved February 7, 2016.
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